Essential University Physics: Volume 1 (3rd Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321993721
ISBN 13: 978-0-32199-372-4

Chapter 18 - Exercises and Problems - Page 330: 20


$W = 1.5 p_1V_1$

Work Step by Step

The work done by the gas is given by: $ W = \int p dV$ Thus, the work is given by the area under the given graph. We will break it up into a triangle and a rectangle to find: $W=p_1(2v_1-v_1)+(.5)(2p_1-p_1)(2v_1-v_1)$ This gives: $W = 1.5 p_1V_1$
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