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### Cp vs Cv

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:00 pm
How do we know when to use Cv or Cp? I know one is constant volume and one is constant volume but for a problem where it looks like both are constant, how can we tell which one to use?

### Re: Cp vs Cv

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:25 am
There will always be enough information to deduce which to use.

### Re: Cp vs Cv

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:49 pm
I've found that most problems we deal with have to do with temperature change; you will then use Cv because it is the pressure that is changing with the system rather than the volume (even if there is volume expansion occuring but that will be taken into account with a different equation). You will use Cp generally when the problem itself explicitly states that there is a constant pressure with the ideal gas.

### Re: Cp vs Cv

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:26 pm
Cp = Constant Pressure
Cv = Constant Volume

### Re: Cp vs Cv

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:12 pm
Going off of what Sophia said, unless there is something in the problem that explicitly states that pressure is constant, you will always use the Cv constant because we can't assume that pressure is constant when nothing within the problem mentions pressure.

### Re: Cp vs Cv

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:29 pm
There are some times that they give you the C or heat capacity and you would just multiply this C by the number of moles.

### Re: Cp vs Cv

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:30 pm
The problem should give you enough information to determine which to use.

### Re: Cp vs Cv

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:37 pm
Constant volume, and constant pressure... The problem should contain enough information to determine which one you should use.