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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 3: The Importance of State Functions: Internal Energy and Enthalpy Problem numbers in italics indicate that the solution is included in the Students Solutions Manual. Questions on Concepts Q3.1) Why is C P,m a function of temperature for ethane, but not for argon? Argon has only translational degrees of freedom, which are fully excited at very low temperatures because , << translational E kT where translational E is the spacing between translational levels. The translational degrees of freedom for ethane are also fully excited at 298 K. This condition is not fulfilled for the spacing between vibrational levels for ethane, and C P,m increases with temperature as the vibrational degrees of freedom become excited. Q3.2) Why is q V = U only for a constant volume process? Is this formula valid if work other than PV work is possible? Because U = q + w , q V = U only if w is zero. Therefore, the formula is not valid if work other than PV work is possible. Q3.3) Refer to Figure 1.6 and explain why T U V is generally small for a real gas. The depth of the minimum in the potential is generally very small. Therefore, it takes very little energy to separate the atoms or molecules that make up the gas. Q3.4) Explain without using equations why T H P is generally small for a real gas. The variation of H with P is a measure of how the energy of a gas changes with the spacing between the molecules of the gas. Because the depth of the minimum in the potential in Figure 1.6 is generally very small, it takes very little energy to separate the atoms or molecules that make up the gas. Q3.5) Why is it reasonable to write P dH C dT VdP + for a liquid or solid sample? This approximation is valid because T U T V V << for a liquid or solid. 3-1 Chapter 3/ The Importance of State Functions: Internal Energy and Enthalpy Q3.6) Why is the equation ( 29 ( 29 , f f i i T T P P m T T H C T dT n C T dT = = valid for an ideal gas even if P is not constant in the process? Is this equation also valid for a real gas? Why or why not? It is valid because for an ideal gas, H is a function of T only, and is not a function of V or P . The formula is not accurate for a real gas, because H is a weak function of V and P . Q3.7) Heat capacity C P,m is less than C V,m for H 2 O( l ) between 4 and 5C. Explain this result. This unusual behavior occurs because the density of water decreases with temperature in this range. Therefore, work is done by the surroundings on the system as water is heated at constant P between 4C and 5C. Q3.8) What is the physical basis for the experimental result that U is a function of V at constant T for a real gas? Under what conditions will U decrease as V increases?...
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