By Sidney B. Cahn, Gerald D. Mahan, Boris E. Nadgorny, Max Dresden

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A) Evaluate the free energy F. Explicitly display the dependence on the volume Now consider another vessel, also at temperature containing the same number of molecules of the identical gas held at pressure b) Give an expression for the total entropy of the two gases in terms of c) The vessels are then connected to permit the gases to mix without doing work. Evaluate explicitly the change in entropy of the system. 39 21 Chemical Potential of Ideal Gas (Stony Brook) Derive the expression for the Gibbs free energy and chemical potential of N molecules of an ideal gas at temperature pressure P, and volume V.

21 Atmospheric Energy (Rutgers) The density of the Earth’s atmosphere, varies with height above the Earth’s surface. Assume that the “thickness” of the atmosphere is sufficiently small so that it is in a uniform gravitational field of strength a) Write an equation to determine the atmospheric pressure given the function b) In a static atmosphere, each parcel of air has an internal energy and a gravitational potential energy To a very good approximation, the air in the atmosphere is an ideal gas with constant specific heat.

D) What is the final temperature when the gas is adiabatically compressed from to final volume e) How much work is done in this compression? 53 Critical Parameters (Stony Brook) Consider a system described by the Dietrici equation of state where A, B, R are constants and P, V, and are the pressure, volume, temperature, and number of moles. , the values of P, V, and at the critical point. 54 Entropy of Mixing (Michigan, MIT) a) A 2-L container is divided in half: One half contains oxygen at 1 atm, the other nitrogen at the same pressure, and both gases may be considered ideal.