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In which of the paths between initial state I and final state f in Fig. 23-25 is the work done on the gas the greatest?

In which of the paths between initial state I and final state f in Fig. 23-25 is the work done on the gas the greatest?

Grade:11

1 Answers

Aditi Chauhan
askIITians Faculty 396 Points
6 years ago
The correct option is (D).
Work is a path function. So work done on the gas depends upon the path. The area under pv diagram gives the work done on the gas between initial state i and final state f. As the area under the path D is greater than the other path, therefore the paths between initial state i and final state f where the work done on the gas is greatest would be D. From the above observation we conclude that, option D is correct.

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