Heat, Work, and Processes

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Activity: Using $pV$ and $TS$ Plots

Link to Using $pV$ and $TS$ Plots Activity

Activity Highlights

  1. This small group activity is designed to help students learn to read $pV$ and $TS$ plots and to understand simple cyclic processes.
  2. Students work out the heat and work for each leg of a cycle, as well as the totals for the cycle.
  3. The wrap-up discussion highlights student difficulties with the sign of heat and work, and reinforces the concept of heat and work being path-independent.

Homework for Energy and Entropy

  1. (HeatAndWork) What goes here?


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