Thermodynamics

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Thermodynamics of the Heat Engine (1.16)

Students Manual The experiment provides an introduction to thermodynamics. Our principle objective in this experiment is to understand and experimentally validate concepts such as pressure, force, work done, energy, thermal efficiency and mechanical efficiency. We will verify gas laws and make a heat engine using glass syringes.
Lab View Codes LabView Data Acquisition Files
Sample Results Calibration of Potentiometer

Data for Volume versus Temperature (Charles's Law)
Absolute Zero of Temperature from Charles's law
Pressure versus Temperature
Data for Boyle's Law
Heat Engine Cycle
Sample work for calculation on heat engine
Ratio of specific heat at constant pressure and volume for Air

Further Readings and References

Syringe thermodynamics: The many uses of a glass syringe", David P. Jackson and Priscilla W. Laws, American Journal of Physics, 74, 94-101 (2005).
Data Sheet for MPXH6400 Pressure Sensor.
Determining the Ratio Cp/Cv using Rucchart's Method", Paul F. Rebillot, Wooster, Ohio, April (1998).

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