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Physics 5D Fall 2008
Assignment 8
Due at 4:00pm on Thursday, December 11, 2008

Carnot Cycle: Just How Ideal Is It?
Description: A mix of conceptual and quantitative questions about ideal heat engines. Learning Goal: To understand the quantitative relationships related to ideal (Carnot) engines and the limitations of such devices imposed by the second law of thermodynamics. In 1824, Sadi Carnot, a French engineer, introduced a theoretical engine that has been since then called a Carnot engine, the most efficient engine possible. The following statement is known as Carnot's theorem: No engine operating between a hot and a cold reservoir can be more efficient than the Carnot engine that operates between the same two reservoirs. The Carnot engine operates cyclically, just like any real engine.The Carnot cycle includes four reversible steps: two isothermal processes and two adiabatic ones. In this problem, you will be asked several questions about Carnot engines. We will use the following symbols: : the absolute value (magnitude) of the heat absorbed from the hot reservoir during one cycle or during some time specified in the problem; : the absolute value (magnitude) of the heat delivered to the cold reservoir during one cycle or during some time specified in the problem; : the amount of work done by the engine during one cycle or during some time specified in the problem; : the absolute temperature of the hot reservoir; and : the absolute temperature of the cold reservoir. Part A In general terms, the efficiency of a system can be thought of as the output per unit input. Which of the expressions is a good mathematical representation of efficiency of any heat engine? ANSWER:

Part B During the Carnot cycle, the overall entropy ________. Hint B.1 Some useful equations

Recall that in a Carnot cycle, ,

where we have taken all heat exchanged to be positive. Also, the definition of the entropy change transferred at a temperature is .

when heat

is

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increases decreases remains constant

Part C Which of the following gives the efficiency of the Carnot engine? Hint C.1 Some useful equations

Recall that in a Carnot cycle, ,

where we have taken all heat exchanged to be positive. Substitute for Also recall that . ANSWER:

and

in the earlier expression for the efficiency.

Part D Consider a Carnot engine operating between the melting point of lead ( efficiency of such an engine? ANSWER: 0 0.455 0.545 1 infinity ) and the melting point of ice ( ). What is the

Part E We have stressed that the Carnot engine does not exist in real life: It is a purely theoretical device, useful for understanding the limitations of heat engines. Real engines never operate on the Carnot cycle; their efficiency is hence lower than that of the Carnot engine. However, no attempts to build a Carnot engine are being made. Why is that? ANSWER: A Carnot engine would generate too much thermal pollution. Building the Carnot engine is possible but is too expensive. The Carnot engine has zero power. The Carnot engine has too low an efficiency.

The Carnot cycle contains only reversible processes. To be reversible, a process must allow the system to equilibrate with its surroundings at every step, which makes it infinitely slow; therefore, the Carnot engine, although the most efficient, is the least powerful one! Its power is indeed zero, since work is being done at an infinitely slow rate. Part F A real heat engine operates between temperatures and . During a certain time, an amount of heat is released to the

cold reservoir. During that time, what is the maximum amount of work Hint F.1 Real vs. ideal

that the engine might have performed?

How much work could an ideal (Carnot) engine perform? This is the maximum possible, since the Carnot engine is the most efficient one. Hint F.2 Some useful equations

Recall that in a Carnot cycle, ,

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where we have taken all heat exchanged to be positive. Substitute for Also recall that . Express your answer in terms of ANSWER: = , , and .

and

in the earlier expression for the efficiency.

From Hot to Cool: The Second Law of Thermodynamics
Description: Discussion of the second law of thermodynamics: several statements, examples of irreversible processes. Introduction to entropy; some basic calculations involving entropy change at constant temperature. Learning Goal: To understand the meaning and applications of the second law of thermodynamics, to understand the meaning of entropy, and perform some basic calculations involving entropy changes. The first law of thermodynamics (which states that energy is conserved) does not specify the direction in which thermodynamic processes in nature can spontaneously occur. For example, imagine an object initially at rest suddenly taking off along a rough horizontal surface and speeding up (gaining kinetic energy) while cooling down (losing thermal energy). Although such a process would not violate conservation of energy, it is, of course, impossible and could never take place spontaneously. The second law of thermodynamics dictates which processes in nature may occur spontaneously and which ones may not. The second law can be stated in many ways, one of which uses the concept of entropy. Entropy Entropy can be thought of as a measure of a system's disorder: A lower degree of disorder implies lower entropy, and vice versa. For example, a highly ordered ice crystal has a relatively low entropy, whereas the same amount of water in a much less ordered state, such as water vapor, has a much higher entropy. Entropy is usually denoted by , and has units of energy divided by temperature ( ). For an isothermal process (the temperature of the system remains constant as it exchanges heat

with its surroundings), the change in a system's entropy is given by , where is the amount of heat involved in the process and is the absolute temperature of the system. The heat is positive

if thermal energy is absorbed by the system from its surroundings, and is negative if thermal energy is transferred from the system to its surroundings. Using the idea of entropy, the second law can be stated as follows: The entropy of an isolated system may not decrease. It either increases as the system approaches equilibrium, or stays constant if the system is already in equilibrium. Any process that would tend to decrease the entropy of an isolated system could never occur spontaneously in nature. For a system that is not isolated, however, the entropy can increase, stay the same, or decrease. Part A What happens to the entropy of a bucket of water as it is cooled down (but not frozen)? ANSWER: It increases. It decreases. It stays the same.

Presumably, the bucket is not isolated: Heat must be transferred to another object, which is most likely at a lower temperature than that of the bucket. Part B What happens to the entropy of a cube of ice as it is melted? ANSWER: It increases. It decreases. It stays the same.

Part C What happens to the entropy of a piece of wood as it is burned?
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It increases. It decreases. It stays the same.

When a solid object is turned into a gas, the degree of disorder increases, so the entropy increases. Let us try some calculations now. Part D An object at 20 absorbs 25.0 of heat. What is the change in entropy of the object?

Part E An object at 500 dissipates 25.0 of heat into the surroundings. What is the change in entropy of the object? Assume

that the temperature of the object does not change appreciably in the process. Express your answer numerically in joules per kelvin. ANSWER: =

Part F An object at 400 absorbs 25.0 of heat from the surroundings. What is the change in entropy of the object? Assume

that the temperature of the object does not change appreciably in the process. Express your answer numerically in joules per kelvin. ANSWER: =

Part G Two objects form a closed system. One object, which is at 400 500 . What is the net change in entropy , absorbs 25.0 of heat from the other object,which is at

of the system? Assume that the temperatures of the objects do not change

Note that the net entropy change is positive as the heat is transferred from the hotter object to the colder one. If heat were transferred in the other direction, the change in entropy would have been negative; that is, the entropy of the system would have decreased. This observation, not surprisingly, is in full accord with the second law of thermodynamics.

Heat Pumps and Refrigerators
Description: Simple questions to illustrate the concept and basic principles of heat pumps and refrigerators. Learning Goal: To understand that a heat engine run backward is a heat pump that can be used as a refrigerator. By now you should be familiar with heat engines--devices, theoretical or actual, designed to convert heat into work. You should understand the following: 1. Heat engines must be cyclical; that is, they must return to their original state some time after having absorbed some heat and done some work). 2. Heat engines cannot convert heat into work without generating some waste heat in the process. The second characteristic is a rigorous result even for a perfect engine and follows from thermodynamics. A perfect heat engine is reversible, another result of the laws of thermodynamics. If a heat engine is run backward (i.e., with every input and output reversed), it becomes a heat pump (as pictured schematically ).

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Work

must be put into a heat pump, and it then pumps heat to a hotter temperature , that is,

from a colder temperature

against the usual direction of heat flow (which explains why it is called a "heat pump"). The heat coming out the hot side going in to the cold side of a heat pump or the heat

of a refrigerator is more than the work

put in; in fact it can be many times larger. For this reason, the ratio of the heat to the work in heat pumps and refrigerators is called the coefficient of performance, . In a refrigerator, this is the ratio of heat removed from the cold side to work put in: .

In a heat pump the coefficient of performance is the ratio of heat exiting the hot side .

to the work put in:

Take Part A

, and

to be the magnitudes of the heat emitted and absorbed respectively.

What is the relationship of Hint A.1 Recall that Express ANSWER:

to the work

done by the system?

Note the differences in wording is the work done by the system; in terms of is the work done on the system.

and other quantities given in the introduction.

=

Part B Find , the heat pumped out by the ideal heat pump. Conservation of energy and the first law

Hint B.1

Apply conservation of energy. If you think in terms of the first law of thermodynamics, remember the sign conventions for heat and work and note that the internal energy does not change in an engine after one cycle. Express ANSWER: in terms of and .

=

Part C A heat pump is used to heat a house in winter; the inside radiators are at perfect (i.e., Carnot cycle) heat pump, what is Hint C.1 Heat pump efficiency in terms of and the outside heat exchanger is at . If it is a

, its coefficient of performance? and

What is the efficiency of a heat pump

in terms of the heats in and out? Use the expression for the efficiency of the , and the outside heats, and

heat pump and the expression that you found involving the work done on the system, . Give your answer in terms of ANSWER: = and .

Hint C.2

Relation between

and

in a Carnot cycle

Recall that in a Carnot cycle,

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and

.

Part D The heat pump is designed to move heat. This is only possible if certain relationships between the heats and temperatures at the hot and cold sides hold true. Indicate the statement that must apply for the heat pump to work. ANSWER: and and and and . . . .

Part E Assume that you heat your home with a heat pump whose heat exchanger is at radiators at , and which maintains the baseboard

. If it would cost \$1000 to heat the house for one winter with ideal electric heaters (which have a

coefficient of performance of 1), how much would it cost if the actual coefficient of performance of the heat pump were 75% of that allowed by thermodynamics? Hint E.1 Money, heat, and the efficiency

The amount of money one has to pay for the heat is directly proportional to the work done to generate the heat. Thus, the more efficient the heat generation the less work needs to be done and the lower the heating bill. You are given that the cost of is \$1000. You also have an equation for % in terms of the temperatures: .

Set this equal to

and solve for the monetary value of

, the amount of external energy input the pump requires.

You can measure energies in units of currency for this calculation. Hint E.2 Units of and

Keep in mind that when calculating an efficiency of a thermodynamic device you need to use temperature in kelvins. That is, . Express the cost in dollars. ANSWER: Cost = dollars

This savings is accompanied by more initial capital costs, both for the heat pump and for the generous area of baseboard heaters needed to transfer enough heat to the house without raising , which would reduce the coefficient of performance. An additional problem is icing of the outside heat exchanger, which is very difficult to avoid if the outside air is humid and not much above zero degrees Celsius. Therefore heat pumps are most useful in temperate climates or where the heat can be obtained from a groundwater that is abundant or flowing (e.g., an underground stream).

Second Law of Thermodynamics
Description: Conceptual questions probing general understanding of the second law of thermodynamics. Offers three statements of the second laws and stresses (though does not explain) their equivalence. Learning Goal: To understand the implications of the second law of thermodynamics. The second law of thermodynamics explains the direction in which the thermodynamic processes tend to go. That is, it limits the types of final states of the system that naturally evolve from a given initial state. The second law has many practical applications. For example it explains the limits of efficiency for heat engines and refrigerators. To develop a better understanding of this law, try these conceptual questions. Part A The thermodynamic processes that occur in nature ____________.

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convert thermal energy into mechanical energy lead to a more ordered state cannot be reversed do not conserve energy

Only infinitely slow, or quasi-equilibrium, processes can be reversible; such processes exist only in the imaginations of scientists. One of the ways to state the second law of thermodynamics is as follows: Any process occurring in a closed system either increases the entropy (disorder) of the system or leaves it constant. For irreveresible processes, the entropy increases; for the reversible ones, the entropy remains constant.

Part B According to the second law of thermodynamics, it is impossible for ____________. ANSWER: heat energy to flow from a colder body to a hotter body an ideal heat engine to have the efficiency of 99% an ideal heat engine to have power greater than 0.1 a physical process to yield more energy than what is put in

The ideal engine follows a reversible cycle--therefore, an infinitely slow one. If the work is being done at the infinitely slow rate, the power of such an engine is zero. An alternative way to state the second law of thermodynamics is as follows: It is impossible to construct a cyclical heat engine whose sole effect is the continuous transfer of heat energy from a colder object to a hotter one. This statement is known as Clausius statement of the second law. Note the word "sole." Of course, it is possible to construct a machine in which a heat flow from a colder to a hotter object is accompanied by another process, such as work input.

Part C If the coefficient of performance of a refrigerator is 1, which the following statements is true? Hint C.1 Definition of the coefficient of performance of a refrigerator

The coefficient of performance of a refrigerator is defined as the heat extracted from the colder region per unit of work done. ANSWER: The temperature outside equals the temperature inside of the refrigerator. The rate at which heat is removed from the inside equals the rate at which heat is delivered outside. The power consumed by the refrigerator equals the rate at which heat is removed from the inside. The power consumed by the refrigerator equals the rate at which heat is delivered to the outside.

Part D To increase the efficiency of an ideal heat engine, one must increase which of the following? Hint D.1 Formula for the efficiency of an ideal engine of an ideal (Carnot) engine that absorbs heat , while doing work . from a reservoir at a temperature , is , and releases heat

The efficiency

to another reservoir at a temperature

the amount of heat consumed per second the temperature of the cold reservoir the temperature of the hot reservoir the size of the cold reservoir the size of the hot reservoir

Part E How would you increase the coefficient of performance of an ideal refrigerator?
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Hint E.1

Graphical approach to the problem

The figure shows a pV diagram for a refrigerator undergoing an ideal (Carnot) cycle. To increase the efficiency, you would have to decrease the work input required (i.e., the area of the shaded region) for a given . How would you achieve this?

Increase the mechanical work input. Decrease the outside temperature. Decrease the inside temperature. Increase the outside temperature. of an ideal/Carnot refrigerator that absorbs heat , with a work input . from a reservoir at a temperature , is , and releases

The efficiency heat

to another reservoir at a temperature

From this equation, you can see that decreasing

and/or increasing

lead to an increase in the efficiency .

Part F Why must every heat engine have a cold reservoir? ANSWER: Because it is impossible for even a perfect engine to convert heat entirely into mechanical work. Because the cold reservoir keeps the engine from overheating. Because the cold reservoir keeps the engine from overcooling. Because the cold reservoir increases the power of the engine.

Another way to state the second law of thermodynamics is as follows: It is impossible to construct a cyclical heat engine whose sole effect is absorption of energy from the hot reservoir and the performance of the equal amount of work. This statement is known as the Kelvin-Planck statement of the second law. Note the word "sole." You have now seen three different statements of the second law. Understanding the equivalence of these three statements is important. However, it is not a trivial matter: Your textbook and discussions should help you to get a better grasp of this equivalency.

A Carnot Refrigerator
Description: A mix of conceptual and quantitative questions about ideal refrigerators. The ideal Carnot engine operates cyclically, just like any real engine.The Carnot cycle includes four reversible steps: two isothermal processes and two adiabatic ones. If the Carnot cycle is reversed, a Carnot refrigerator is created. This theoretical device has the highest coefficient of performance among all refrigerators operating between given inside and outside temperatures. Throughout this problem, we will use the following symbols: : the (positive) amount of heat delivered to the "outside" during one cycle or during some time specified in the problem; : the (positive) amount of heat absorbed from the "inside" during one cycle or during some time specified in the problem; : the amount of external work input during one cycle or during some time specified in the problem; : the absolute temperature of the outside; and : the absolute temperature of the inside.

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In general terms, the performance of a system can be thought of as the output per unit input. The coefficient of performance of any refrigerator can be represented mathematically as .

Part A What is the coefficient of performance Hint A.1 Some useful equations of the Carnot refrigerator?

Recall that in a Carnot cycle, ,

where we have taken all heat exchanged to be positive. Substitute for Also recall that . ANSWER:

and

in the earlier expression for the efficiency.

Part B Imagine an ideal (Carnot) refrigerator that keeps helium in its liquid state, at a temperature of about 4.00 with the helium container inside, is in a laboratory where the temperature is about 294 insulation, 2.00 . The refrigerator,

. Because of the imperfection of the must be used by the

of heat is absorbed by the refrigerator each hour. How much electrical energy inside for one hour?

refrigerator to maintain a temperature of 4.00 Hint B.1 How to approach the problem

In Part A, you found an expression for temperatures, you can calculate find the value of . Hint B.2 Find the value of and calculate

in a Carnot refrigerator in terms of the temperatures. Since you have the is defined by . Therefore, if you

for this problem. You also know that , you can find the work

required. The work is supplied by the electrical energy, so

for this refrigerator.

Hint B.3

What is the value of

? of heat every hour. For the helium to be maintained at the same .

The refrigerator, i.e., the helium in it, absorbs 2.00

temperature, the same amount of heat must be removed from it also. Therefore Express your answer in joules to three significant figures. ANSWER: =

When the temperature difference is great, and

is very low, the coefficient of performance is also very low, and the

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refrigerator requires a great deal of energy input to do the job. This partially explains why it is so expensive to produce and maintain liquid helium. In this example, 145 of energy is required to extract only 2 from the refrigerator. However, when the temperature difference is not so great, the refrigerators become much more efficient, as illustrated by the next problem. Part C Imagine an ideal (Carnot) refrigerator that keeps soda bottles chilled to a temperature of about 280 located in a hot room with a temperature of about 300 the refrigerator each hour. How much electrical energy inside for one hour? Hint C.1 Find the value of for this refrigerator. . Because of the imperfect insulation, 5.00 . The refrigerator is of heat is absorbed by

must be used by the refrigerator to maintain the temperature of 280

When the temperature difference is small, and example, it uses less than 0.4 to exhaust 5

is not too low, the refrigerator requires very little energy input: In our from the refrigerator.

Carnot Heat Engine Pressure versus Volume Graph Conceptual Question
Description: A conceptual question in which a pressure vs. volume representation of a Carnot heat engine is given. Questions deal with change in entropy and heat. (conceptual) Imagine the Carnot heat engine represented by the vs. diagram given in the figure.

Part A What is the sign of the change in entropy Hint A.1 Entropy at temperature is given by of the gas after one complete cycle?

The change in entropy for a reversible process that transfers heat energy .

Hint A.2

Carnot cycle

The complete cycle given in the diagram is a Carnot cycle, in that each leg of the cycle is reversible. This reversibility is what distinguishes the Carnot cycle from other thermodynamic cycles. In a Carnot cycle, the amount of heat energy gained by the gas is the same as the amount lost by the gas. ANSWER: positive zero
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negative

In an ideal Carnot engine, where each process is reversible, the change in entropy of the gas and the change in entropy of the surroundings are each exactly zero after each complete cycle. However, let us investigate what happens in a real process. During the isothermal expansion, an amount of heat energy increase in the gas's entropy of . flows into the gas at a temperature . This results in an

However, heat energy will naturally flow into the gas from the surroundings only if there is a (slight) temperature difference between the gas and the surroundings. Part B In a real isothermal expansion, the temperature of the surroundings must be________the temperature of the gas. Hint B.1 Heat flow and temperature difference

Heat energy will naturally flow only from a higher to a lower temperature. Complete the sentence above. ANSWER: greater than less than

Part C Because of this temperature difference, the magnitude of the entropy lost by the surroundings is ________ the magnitude of entropy gained by the gas during a real isothermal expansion. Hint C.1 Magnitude of the change in entropy for this process that transfers heat energy , the substance at lower temperature will have a larger change in entropy. Hint C.2 Comparing the entropy changes that transfers heat energy . at temperature is given by at temperature is defined by

Since the change in entropy

The change in entropy of the gas

This is positive because the heat energy flows into the gas. The change in entropy for the surroundings, which are at temperature . , is given by

This is negative because the heat energy flows out of the surroundings. Also note that the temperature of the surroundings must be slightly higher than the temperature of the gas in order for heat to flow from the surroundings into the gas. Complete the sentence above. ANSWER: greater than equal to less than

Part D Because of this difference in entropy change, the net entropy change of the entire system is ________ during a real isothermal expansion. Hint D.1 Total change in entropy is the arithmetic sum of the change in entropy of the gas, , , and

The change in entropy of the entire system the change in entropy of the surroundings,

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. If the two terms have opposite signs, the term of larger magnitude will determine the sign of the total change in entropy. An object's change in entropy is positive when heat energy flows into the object in question and negative when heat energy flows out of it. Determine whether heat flows into or out of the gas and the surroundings to determine the signs of and , respectively. Complete the sentence above. ANSWER: positive negative zero

Because there is no heat flow during an adiabatic process, there is no entropy change for either the gas or the surroundings. (This is an approximation, but we can wrap the gas sample in lots of insulation to isolate it from the surroundings.) During the isothermal compression, an amount of heat energy decrease in the gas's entropy of magnitude flows out of the gas at a temperature . This results in a

. However, heat energy will naturally flow out of the gas into the

surroundings only if there is a (slight) temperature difference between the gas and the surroundings.

Part E In a real isothermal compression, the temperature of the surroundings must be ___________ the temperature of the gas. Complete the sentence above. ANSWER: greater than less than

Part F Because of this temperature difference, the magnitude of the entropy gained by the surroundings is __________ the magnitude of entropy lost by the gas during a real isothermal compression. Complete the sentence above. ANSWER: greater than equal to less than

Part G Because of this difference in entropy change, the net entropy change of the entire system is ________ during a real isothermal compression. Complete the sentence above. ANSWER: positive negative zero

Therefore, although the net entropy change of the gas is still zero after a real Carnot-like cycle, the net entropy change of the entire system is positive, because during both the isothermal expansion and compression phases the net change in entropy of the system was positive. This is unavoidable and a manifestation of the second law of thermodynamics.

Entropy Change in a Free Expansion: A Microscopic View
Description: A gas undergoes a free expansion and occupies a final volume three times larger that the initial one. Given the change in entropy of the gas, find the number of moles in it. A thin partition divides a thermally insulated vessel into a lower compartment of volume volume Part A When the partition is removed, the gas expands and fills both compartments. How many moles of gas were initially ? contained in the lower compartment if the entropy change of the gas in this free-expansion process is 17.28 Hint A.1 How to approach the problem . The lower compartment contains and an upper compartment of

moles of an ideal gas; the upper part is evacuated.

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When the partition is removed, the gas expands freely and no work is done. Thus the velocities of the gas molecules are unaffected. However, now each molecule has a bigger volume in which it can move and the number of possible positions of each molecule has increased. By considering the change in volume of the gas after the expansion, you can determine the number of possible microscopic states. This information allows you to determine the change in entropy of the gas as a function of the number of moles in the gas, and finally to find the number of moles in the gas. Hint A.2 Find the number of possible microscopic states of a gas after a free expansion

Consider a thermally insulated box such as the one described in the introduction. Assume that the smaller compartment contains molecules of gas, whereas the other is evacuated. When the partition is removed the gas expands and occupies the entire box. The number of microscopic states of the system when the gas initially occupies a volume number of microscopic states when the gas occupies the entire box (volume and . ). is . Find the

Hint A.3

Find the microscopic expression for the change in entropy of a gas

Consider a gas that undergoes a thermodynamic process such that the gas is taken from an initial macroscopic state, where the possible microscopic states are , to a final macroscopic state characterized by possible microscopic states. What is the change in entropy of the gas after this process? Hint A.3.1 Microscopic expression for entropy The entropy of a macroscopic state with possible microscopic states is

, where is the Boltzmann constant. , , and the Boltzmann constant .

Now, combine this result with the expression for the number of possible microscopic states of a gas after a free expansion and solve for the number of molecules. Note that the problem asks for the number of moles of the gas, so you need to express the number of molecules in terms of the number of moles. Remember that the Boltzmann constant can be expressed in terms of the gas constant and Avogadro's number. Hint A.4 Relating to the gas constant , where is the gas constant, is the Boltzmann constant, and is Avogadro's number.

Recall the relation

From Hot to Cool: A Change in Entropy
Description: Basic calculation involving entropy change at constant temperature. In a well-insulated calorimeter, 1.0 Part A What is the net change in entropy The heat of fusion of ice is of the system from the time of mixing until the moment the ice completely melts? . of water at 20 is mixed with 1.0 of ice at 0 .

Note that since the amount of ice is relatively small, the temperature of the water remains nearly constant throughout the process. Note also that the ice starts out at the melting point, and you are asked about the change in entropy by the time it just melts. In other words, you can assume that the temperature of the "ice water" remains constant as well.

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Hint A.1

How to approach the problem

Find the changes in entropy for the water and for the ice. Since energy is being transfered from the water into the ice, the changes in entropy will have opposite signs. Add the changes to find the net change in entropy for the system. Hint A.2 Description of entropy

For an isothermal process (the temperature of the system remains constant as it exchanges heat with its surroundings), the change in a system's entropy is given by , where is the amount of heat involved in the process and is the absolute temperature of the system. The heat is

positive if thermal energy is absorbed by the system from its surroundings, and is negative if thermal energy is transferred from the system to its surroundings. Hint A.3 Heat needed to melt the ice necessary to melt a piece of ice of mass is given by , where is the heat of fusion of

The amount of heat ice.

As you would expect, in this spontaneous process the net change in entropy is positive: The entropy increases. This is evident not just from the calculation but also from the fact that a crystal becomes liquid and hence the degree of disorder increases.

Irreversible versus Reversible Processes
Description: Short conceptual problem on identifying reversible processes. This problem is based on Young/Geller Conceptual Analysis 16.1. Part A Which of the following conditions should be met to make a process perfectly reversible? Hint A.1 Reversible processes

A reversible process is a transition from one state of a thermodynamic system to another, during which the system is always very close to a state of mechanical and thermal equilibrium. This implies that the process should be slow and smooth to allow temperature and pressure to change only by infinitesimal amounts. Check all that apply. ANSWER: Any mechanical interactions taking place in the process should be frictionless. Any thermal interactions taking place in the process should occur across infinitesimal temperature or pressure gradients. The system should not be close to equilibrium.

Part B Based on the results found in the previous part, which of the following processes are not reversible? Hint B.1 How to approach the problem

As you found in the previous part, a process that takes place through infinitesimal changes in the conditions of a system is reversible. Do any of the processes listed involve nonnegligible changes in temperature and pressure? Check all that apply. ANSWER: Melting of ice in an insulated ice-water mixture at 0 .

Lowering a frictionless piston in a cylinder by placing a bag of sand on top of the piston. Lifting the piston described in the previous statement by removing one grain of sand at a time. Freezing water originally at 5 .

Six New Heat Engines Conceptual Question
Description: A conceptual question in which flow diagrams for six heat engines are given. Choose which engines violate the
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first law of thermodynamics, which violate the second law of thermodynamics, and which of the remaining engines has the highest thermal efficiency. (conceptual) As part of your job at the patent office, you are asked to evaluate the six designs shown in the figure for innovative new heat engines.

Part A Which of the designs violate(s) the first law of thermodynamics? Hint A.1 The first law of thermodynamics applied to a heat engine

By conservation of energy, the heat energy input to an engine must equal the sum of the work output and heat energy output. Give the letter(s) of the design(s) in alphabetical order, without commas or spaces (e.g., ACD). ANSWER: CF

Part B Which of the remaining designs violate(s) the second law of thermodynamics? Hint B.1 The second law of thermodynamics applied to a heat engine and has a maximum

By the second law of thermodynamics, a heat engine operating between two reservoirs thermal efficiency given by .

An engine with thermal efficiency greater than that given by the above equation violates the second law of thermodynamics. Give the letter(s) of the design(s) in alphabetical order, without commas or spaces (e.g., ABD). ANSWER: BD

Part C Which of the remaining designs has the highest thermal efficiency? ANSWER: device A device E

Description: A conceptual problem in which power and heat removal are given for six refrigerator prototypes. Rank the refrigerators on the basis of performance coefficient and ability to heat a sealed room. (ranking task) Six new refrigerator prototypes are tested in the laboratory. For each refrigerator, the electrical power and the maximum heat energy that can be removed per second from its interior are given. needed for it to operate

Part A Rank these refrigerators on the basis of their performance coefficient. Hint A.1 How to approach the problem

A refrigerator is a device that uses work to remove heat energy from a cold reservoir and deposit it into a hot reservoir. By
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conservation of energy, the energy deposited in the hot reservoir is the sum of the work done on the refrigerator and the energy removed from the cold reservoir. A good refrigerator (with a large performance coefficient) will remove a large amount of heat energy from the cold reservoir for a small amount of work input. Hint A.2 Definition of the performance coefficient of a refrigerator is defined as the ratio of the heat energy removed from the cold reservoir

The performance coefficient to the work

input to the refrigerator: .

Recall that power is defined as work per unit time. Rank from largest to smallest. To rank items as equivalent, overlap them. ANSWER:

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Part B The six refrigerators are placed in six identical sealed rooms. Rank the refrigerators on the basis of the rate at which they raise the temperature of the room. Hint B.1 Temperature and Conservation of energy

A refrigerator uses electrical energy to remove heat from its interior and expel it into the environment. By conservation of energy, the energy expelled into the room must be the sum of the energy extracted from the interior of the refrigerator and the energy input to run the refrigerator. Notice that the rate at which the temperature of the room rises is directly proportional to the rate at which energy is expelled into the room. Rank from largest to smallest. To rank items as equivalent, overlap them. ANSWER:

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Six Carnot Engines with Varying Reservoirs Ranking Task
Description: A conceptual question in which energy flow diagrams for six Carnot engines with different hot and cold reservoir temperatures are given. Rank the engines on the basis of the change in entropy during the complete cycle and during just the isothermal expansion phase. (ranking task) Six Carnot engines operating between different hot and cold reservoirs are described below. The heat energy transferred to the gas during the isothermal expansion phase of each cycle is indicated. Part A Rank these engines on the basis of the change in entropy of the gas during the isothermal expansion phase of the cycle. Hint A.1 Change in entropy for a reversible process that transfers heat energy . at temperature is

The change in entropy

Rank from largest to smallest. To rank items as equivalent, overlap them. ANSWER: View

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Part B Rank these engines on the basis of the change in entropy of the gas during one complete cycle. Hint B.1 Change in entropy for a complete cycle

Entropy is a state function, like internal energy. This means that the value of the entropy depends only on the state of a system, not on the process by which it arrived at that state. Notice that the initial and final states of the gas are identical for a complete cycle. (The initial and final states of the rest of the universe are not.) Hint B.2 Does the second law of thermodynamics apply?

The second law of thermodynamics applies to all phenomena, as long as we include the entropy changes for the entire interacting system. If we isolate just a portion of a larger interacting system, the entropy of that subsystem need not always increase. Rank from largest to smallest. To rank items as equivalent, overlap them. ANSWER:

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An Air Conditioner: Refrigerator or Heat Pump?
Description: Find the heat absorbed by an air conditioner given the mass of refrigerant per cycle and the percetange of vapor and liquid at the entrance and exit of the evaporator. Also, find the work done by the compressor given the change in internal energy of the refrigerant and calculate the heat released by the air conditioner when operated as a heat pump. The typical operation cycle of a common refrigerator is shown schematically in the figure . Both the condenser coils to the left and the evaporator coils to the right contain a fluid (the working substance) called refrigerant, which is typically in vapor-liquid phase equilibrium. The compressor takes in low-pressure, low-temperature vapor and compresses it adiabatically to high-pressure, high-temperature vapor, which then reaches the condenser. Here the refrigerant is at a higher temperature than that of the air surrounding the condenser coils and it releases heat by undergoing a phase change. The refrigerant leaves the condenser coils as a high-pressure, hightemperature liquid and expands adiabatically at a controlled rate in the expansion valve. As the fluid expands, it cools down. Thus, when it enters the evaporator coils, the refrigerant is at a lower temperature than its surroundings and it absorbs heat. The air surrounding the evaporator cools down and most of the refrigerant in the evaporator coils vaporizes. It then reaches the compressor as a low-pressure, low-temperature vapor and a new cycle begins. Part A Air conditioners operate on the same principle as refrigerators. Consider an air conditioner that has 7.00 of refrigerant of its mass

flowing through its circuit each cycle. The refrigerant enters the evaporator coils in phase equilibrium, with 54.0

as liquid and the rest as vapor. It flows through the evaporator at a constant pressure and when it reaches the compressor 95 of its mass is vapor. In each cycle, how much heat vaporization of the refrigerant is 1.50×10 5 Hint A.1 How to approach the problem . is absorbed by the refrigerant while it is in the evaporator? The heat of

To transform a given mass of liquid refrigerant to vapor requires the addition of a certain quantity of heat that depends on the heat of vaporization of the refrigerant and the mass of refrigerant transformed to vapor. Since the refrigerant is in phase equilibrium when it enters the evaporator, it is already at boiling temperature and all the absorbed heat is used in the liquidvapor phase change. Note that the pressure is kept constant in the evaporator. Also, a small fraction of refrigerant is still liquid when it leaves the evaporator, so the refrigerant must still be in phase equilibrium at that point and no change in temperature has occurred in the evaporator. Hint A.2 Find the percentage of refrigerant transformed to vapor of refrigerant enters the evaporator as liquid in liquid-vapor phase

Consider a refrigerator where, in each cycle, 54.0 equilibrium and 95

leaves as vapor. Assume that the pressure of the refrigerant is kept constant while it is in the of the total mass of refrigerant transformed to vapor in the evaporator per cycle?

evaporator. What is the percentage ANSWER: =

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Now calculate the heat needed to transform this amount of refrigerant to vapor. Recall that the heat of vaporization is defined as the amount of heat required to vaporize a unit mass of a given substance. Express your answer numerically in joules. ANSWER: =

Part B In each cycle, the change in internal energy of the refrigerant when it leaves the compresser is 1.20×10 5 . What is the work done by the motor of the compressor? Hint B.1 Adiabatic compression

Recall that the compressor performs an adiabatic compression; that is, no heat exchange occurs while the refrigerant is in the compressor. Then use the first law of thermodynamics to determine . Express your answer in joules. ANSWER: =

Part C If the direction of the refrigerant flow is inverted in an air conditioner, the air conditioning unit turns into a heat pump and it can be used for heating rather than cooling. In this case, the coils where the refrigerant would condense in the air conditioner become the evaporator coils when the unit is operated as a heat pump, and, vice versa, the evaporator coils of the air conditioner become the condenser coils in the heat pump. Suppose you operate the air conditioner described in Parts A and B as a heat pump to heat your bedroom. In each cycle, what is the amount of heat released into the room? You may assume that the energy changes and work done during the expansion process are negligible compared to those for other processes during the cycle. Hint C.1 How to approach the problem from the air inside

When the air conditioner is operated in the cooling mode, in each cycle it absorbs an amount of heat the room, as you calculated in Part A, and gives off a certain amount of heat

to the outside. When it is operated in the

heating mode, instead, the direction of the flow of the refrigerant inside the coil circuit is simply inverted, but the operation cycle remains the same. In the heating mode, then, the same quantity is now absorbed from the air outside the room and the amount of heat is released to the air inside the room. Note that the compressor does the same amount of work .

regardless of the mode of operation, and use the first law to determine Hint C.2

Find the right expresssion for the first law of thermodynamics from a cold reservoir and releases heat to a hot reservoir. The

Suppose you have an ideal system that absorbs heat

net input of work required by this system for operation is Hint C.2.1 Cyclic processes

. Which of the following expressions is correct?

Remember that the net internal energy change in a cyclic process is zero, since the system has the same temperature when it returns to the starting point. ANSWER:

Does Entropy Really Always Increase?
Description: A hot metal bar is thrown into a lake. Find the entropy change of the lake given the temperatures of the lake and
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the bar and the specific heat capacity of the metal. Also determine the total change of entropy given the entropy change of the bar and discuss the application of the second law of thermodynamics to systems that are not isolated. An aluminum bar of mass 2.00 at 300 is thrown into a lake. The temperature of the water in the lake is 15.0 . ; the

specific heat capacity of aluminum is 900 Part A

The bar eventually reaches thermal equilibrium with the lake. What is the entropy change lake is so large that its temperature remains virtually constant. Hint A.1 How to approach the problem

of the lake? Assume that the

You can calculate the entropy change of the lake using the formula for the entropy change in an isothermal process. Note that the amount of heat transferred to the water in the lake is equal to the amount of heat lost by the bar. Hint A.2 Find Find the heat absorbed by the lake , the amount of heat absorbed by the lake.

Hint A.2.1 Find the temperature of thermal equilibrium What is the temperature of thermal equilibrium Express your answer numerically in kelvins. ANSWER: = of the aluminum bar and the lake?

Hint A.2.2 Find the energy change for the aluminum bar What is the change of heat energy for the metal bar?

Hint A.2.2.1 Heat and the temperature change The heat absorbed or given up by an object is given by , where is the mass of the object, is the initial temperature, is the final temperature, and is the specific

Hint A.3

Entropy change in an isothermal process to a substance at constant temperature , the entropy change of the substance is

When there is a heat transfer of given by , where is absolute temperature.

Part B Has the entropy of the aluminum bar decreased or increased? Hint B.1 How to approach the question

Since the temperature of the aluminum bar changes during the cooling process, the exact entropy change of the bar cannot be easily calculated. However, you can use the interpretation of entropy as a measure of randomness to determine whether its change is positive or negative.

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Since the entropy change of a system is always positive, we can deduce that the entropy of the aluminum bar has increased. Since the final lower temperature of the bar means lower average speed of molecular motion, we can deduce that the entropy of the bar has decreased. We don't have enough information to determine whether the entropy of the aluminum bar has decreased or increased.

Part C Since the aluminum bar is not an isolated system, the second law of thermodynamics cannot be applied to the bar alone. Rather, it should be applied to the bar in combination with its surroundings (the lake). Assume that the entropy change of the bar is -73.5 , what is the change in total entropy ? Hint C.1 Total change of entropy

The change in total entropy is defined as the sum of the entropy changes of the system and the surroundings. Express your answer numerically in joules per Kelvin ANSWER: =

Even though the aluminum bar lowers its entropy, the total entropy change of the bar and its surroundings (the water in the lake) is positive, and the total entropy increases. Part D The second law of thermodynamics states that spontaneous processes tend to be accompanied by entropy increase. Consider, however, the following spontaneous processes: the growth of plants from simple seeds to well-organized systems the growth of a fertilized egg from a single cell to a complex adult organism the formation of snowflakes from molecules of liquid water with random motion to a highly ordered crystal the growth of organized knowledge over time In all these cases, systems evolve to a state of less disorder and lower entropy, apparently violating the second law of thermodynamics. Could we, then, consider them as processes occurring in systems that are not isolated? ANSWER: True False

All the processes listed above require energy input to occur just as a refrigerator requires electrical energy to run. Systems can become more ordered and lower their entropy as time passes. However, this can happen only as the entropy of the environment increases, just as we found out in the case of the hot aluminum bar cooling down in the lake.

Melting Ice with a Carnot Engine
Description: If a Carnot engine melts a given amount of ice, calculate the work done by the engine. A Carnot heat engine uses a hot reservoir consisting of a large amount of boiling water and a cold reservoir consisting of a large tub of ice and water. In 5 minutes of operation of the engine, the heat rejected by the engine melts a mass of ice equal to 4.15×10 −2 . Throughout this problem use Part A During this time, how much work Hint A.1 is performed by the engine? for the heat of fusion for water.

How to approach the problem

Determine the temperature of each reservoir in kelvins and the heat rejected to the cold reservoir. Use these values to calculate the heat absorbed from the hot reservoir, and then calculate the work done by the engine. Hint A.2 Temperature conversion To convert a temperature from degrees Celsius into kelvins, use Hint A.3 Calculate the heat rejected Calculate , the heat rejected to the cold reservoir by the Carnot engine. .

Hint A.3.1 How to approach the problem
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Since the amount of ice that melts is known, the heat needed to melt the ice must be equal to the magnitude of the heat rejected by the Carnot engine. Use the equation for the heat of a phase change to determine this, then think about how this relates to the heat rejected by the engine. Hint A.3.2 Equation for melting ice The equation for ice melting is melted, and ANSWER: , where is the heat absorbed by the ice, 4.15×10 −2 is the mass of ice being

is the heat of fusion for water.

=

Hint A.4 Calculate the heat absorbed Calculate , the heat absorbed from the hot reservoir by the Carnot engine.

Hint A.4.1 How to approach the problem Use the relationship between the temperatures of the reservoirs and the heats absorbed from or rejected to those reservoirs to calculate the heat absorbed from the hot reservoir. Hint A.4.2 Equation for heat transfer in a Carnot engine The equation relating the heats and temperatures in a Carnot engine is given by .

Note the sign used in the equation, and recall that all temperatures should be expressed in kelvins. ANSWER: =

Hint A.5 Using the first law of thermodynamics The work done by the engine is the sum of the heat absorbed by the engine from the hot reservoir and the heat rejected by the engine into the cold reservoir. Be very careful about your signs. ANSWER: =

As you can see from this problem, it is very important to keep in mind the signs of the heats exchanged in an engine. When the Carnot engine absorbs heat from a reservoir, the heat will be a positive quantity since the heat is being added to the engine, before it does any work. Similarly, when the Carnot engine rejects heat to a reservoir, the heat will be a negative quantity since the heat is lost from the engine. The work done by the engine, by the first law of thermodynamics, is therefore the sum of all heat changes in the engine.

Summary

1 of 15 items complete (6.67% avg. score) 4 of 70 points

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