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Heat Capacities Constant Pressure vs. Volume

Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:46 pm
by Katie_Ho_1M
Why are the heat capacities under constant pressure and constant volumes different? And will be need to be able to calculate them on a quiz using, for example Cp=5/2 R for monatomic ideal gasses at constant pressure?

Re: Heat Capacities Constant Pressure vs. Volume

Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:23 pm
by Andreea Voro 3A
They're different because pressure and volume can affect the kinetic motion of molecules differently, (higher pressure means molecules can't move as fast so typically needs more heat to get the molecules moving so the heat capacity is higher). It might be on the quiz so I would study it to be sure.

Re: Heat Capacities Constant Pressure vs. Volume

Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:27 pm
by Lauren_Johnston_3F
They are different because the molecules have different degrees of freedom, which means they have different types of motions in the system. It may be used on the quiz, but you probably won't have to calculate it itself.