Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics (3rd Edition)

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Chapter 16 - A Macroscopic Description of Matter - Conceptual Questions - Page 463: 12


C (straight line) of the pV diagram is wrong.

Work Step by Step

[a] represents an Isobaric process -constant pressure. An isobaric process can be seen as a horizontal line on a pV diagram. [b] represents an Isochoric process - constant volume. It can be seen as a vertical line on a pV diagram. [c] is a straight line on the pV diagram. This straight line does not represent an isothermal process. An isothermal process is represented as a hyperbola on a pV diagram and not a straight line. Therefore C of the diagram is wrong.
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