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Cp vs Cv

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:00 pm
by Jesse Kuehn 1B
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
by Chem_Mod
There will always be enough information to deduce which to use.

Re: Cp vs Cv

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:49 pm
by Sophia Ding 1B
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
by Ethan Breaux 2F
Cp = Constant Pressure
Cv = Constant Volume

Re: Cp vs Cv

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:12 pm
by Tuong Nguyen 2I
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
by Shibhon_Shepard
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
by Jack Hewitt 2H
The problem should give you enough information to determine which to use.

Re: Cp vs Cv

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:37 pm
by jlinwashington1B
Constant volume, and constant pressure... The problem should contain enough information to determine which one you should use.