DeltaS= nCln(T2/T1)

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Shirley Liu 2I
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DeltaS= nCln(T2/T1)

Postby Shirley Liu 2I » Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:09 pm

DeltaS= nCln(T2/T1) is used to calculate entropy change when the temperature changes. However how would we know when to use Cv or Cp for C??

whitney_2C
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Re: DeltaS= nCln(T2/T1)

Postby whitney_2C » Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:12 pm

You know to use Cv or Cp depending on what the givens are in the question. If the system is at constant pressure then use Cp and if it is at constant volume then you use Cv.

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Re: DeltaS= nCln(T2/T1)

Postby Matthew Mar 1J » Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:48 pm

There are also some tricky ways that constant pressure or volume can be hinted at in the problem. For example, the question might not say constant pressure, but give you a value for enthalpy which in itself implies constant pressure. There are also problems where you have to split the entropy change into two steps and assume that either pressure or volume stay the same while you're making the temperature change calculation.

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Re: DeltaS= nCln(T2/T1)

Postby anthony_trieu2L » Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:54 pm

Always look at the context of the question. If you are having trouble determining which one is constant, go back to the basics. Like stated above, sometimes you may have to split the entropy change into several steps, which works since entropy is a state function.

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Re: DeltaS= nCln(T2/T1)

Postby mbaker4E » Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:36 pm

the question should always tell you if the system is at constant volume or constant pressure, in which you would use Cv and Cp, respectively.


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