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explain why cp is always greater than cv????

Asked by Narayani Upadhyaya , on 5/12/13

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The reason for Cp greater than Cv is very simple.

This can be easily demonstrated by First law of thermodynamics.

At constant Pressure


Where as,

At Constant Volume,


Since dV=0

Therefore dQ=dU     ---(2).

Therefore Cp=dU+P.dV

And Cv=dU

Therefore using the above relation Cp is greater than Cv.

Physical Meaning of why Cp is greater than Cv:

At constant volume, heat is required only to increase the internal energy of system while At constant Pressure heat is needed for increasing Internal energy as well as for doing the work to displace the piston of system through a distance. Therefore Cp has a greater value than Cv.

Hope it helps!!


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