Problem 87E

The work done by a gas when it expands from volume V1 to volume V2 is W=V1V2PdV, where P=P(V) is the pressure as a function of the volume V. See Exercise 5.4.29. Boyles Law states that when a quantity of gas expands at constant temperature, PV=C, where C is a constant. If the initial volume is 600 cm 3 and the initial pressure is 150 kPa, find the work done by the gas when it expands at constant temperature to 1000 cm 3.

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