1.0 mol of a monoatomic ideal gas is expanded from the state (1) to state (2) as shown in Fig. 6.4. Calculate the work done for the expansion of gas from the state (1) to state (2) at 298 K.
Fig. : 6.4
o It can be said from Fig. 6.4, that the process of the expansion of the monoatomic ideal gas has been carried out in infinite steps, hence it is obviously an isothermal reversible expansion.
o Hence, the work is done in the process =
W= - 2.303nRT log (V2/V1)
where V1 is the initial volume in the state (1) and V2 is the final volume in the state (2).
For an ideal gas p1V1 = p2V2
So (given in the graph)
W= - 2.303nRT log
= - 2.303 × 1 mol × 8.314 J mol-1 K-1 × 298 K × log2
=- 2.303 × 8.314 × 298 × 0.3010 J
= -1717.46 J
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