Cpm vs. Cvm

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Jason Wu 1E
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Cpm vs. Cvm

Postby Jason Wu 1E » Tue Jan 28, 2020 11:51 pm

Why is Cpm and Cvm different from each other on the molecular? and why do they equal 5/2*R and 3/2*R respectively? Is it possible to keep both pressure and volume constant?

Ruby Tang 2J
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Re: Cpm vs. Cvm

Postby Ruby Tang 2J » Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:46 am

Cp is higher than Cv, because when pressure is constant, volume is not, so the gas is doing work via expansion. Therefore, you must account for the fact that for Cp, not all of the heat will be used toward increasing the temperature of the substance; some will be lost to work. To answer why pressure and volume can't both be constant, the ideal gas equation, PV = nRT, is useful. If heat is added, then T will increase. If we momentarily assume that P and V do not change, then that must mean that n and/or R must change. n will not change b/c we are not adding any more moles of substance when adding heat. R can also not change because it is a constant. Thus, pressure and volume can't both be constant: one of them has to change.

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Re: Cpm vs. Cvm

Postby Miriam Villarreal 1J » Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:47 am

CV is the specific heat at constant volume, and CP is the specific heat at constant pressure. Specific heat is the heat energy required to raise the temperature of a substance (per unit mass) by one degree Celsius. The main difference between CV and CP is that the volume change is zero for a system under CV whereas the pressure change is zero for a system under CP.


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