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Rachel Brown 3A
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8.31

Postby Rachel Brown 3A » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:53 am

On 8.31, the solution states that the molar heat capacity of a monatomic ideal gas at constant pressure is = 5/2 R and later states that the molar heat capacity of a monatomic ideal gas at constant volume is = 3/2 R. What does this mean and how can you find it?

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Re: 8.31

Postby Jason Muljadi 2C » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:23 pm

The general equation that you're going to use is nC(delta)T or mC(delta)T. Now, C can either be Cp, which is constant pressure or Cv, which is constant volume. When you have Cp, you would use 5/2 R. When you have Cv, you would use 3/2 R. The R will be the gas constant, so you have to look at the units to find out which gas constant to use.

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Re: 8.31

Postby Ya Gao » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:26 pm

It means that when a gas is working as an ideal gas, its Cv and Cp will be 3/2R and 5/2R. It can be found on the equation sheet.

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Re: 8.31

Postby Kevin Ru 1D » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:31 pm

Just to add on that R represents the gas constant which varies depending on what units you are using. As mentioned above, it can be found on the constant and equations sheet on Dr. Lavelle's website.


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