Physlets run in a Java-enabled browser, except Chrome, on the latest Windows & Mac operating systems. If Physlets do not run, click here for help updating Java & setting Java security.
Problem 20.12: Determine the adiabatic coefficient (γ) for the expanding gas
Please wait for the animation to completely load.
There is a time delay—since the system must be in equilibrium—before the change of state occurs.
In this animation N = nR (i.e., kB = 1). This, then, gives the ideal gas law as PV = NT. The same amount of heat is added to an ideal gas in all three processes. Restart.
- What is the value of γ (the ratio of CP to CV) for this ideal gas?
- According to the equipartition of energy theorem, how many degrees of freedom do the particles that make up this gas have?
- Is the gas monatomic? diatomic? polyatomic?
When you get a good-looking graph, right-click on it to clone the graph and resize it for a better view.
Problem authored by Anne J. Cox.