Essential University Physics: Volume 1 (3rd Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321993721
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Chapter 18 - Exercises and Problems - Page 331: 48


a) The answer is below. b) 13 J c) 22 J

Work Step by Step

a) A PV diagram consists of pressure on the y-axis and volume on the x-axis. Thus, in order to draw this diagram, start at some point A and then use an exponential decay function to go to point B. Next, draw a point C that has the same x-coordinate as A and the same y-coordinate as B. Then, draw a straight line that connects B to the other two points. b) We know that the work done between C and A is 0, for the volume does not change. Thus, we add the works done during the other two processes: $W = W_{AB}+W_{BC}=35-22=13\ J$ c) As stated above, the work going from C to A is 0. Since $Q=-W$, the answer is the negative work done from B to C, which is $22\ J$.
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