Q. 13. A tall cylindrical vessel with gaseous nitrogen is located in a uniform gravitational field in which the freefall acceleration is equal to g. The temperature of the nitrogen varies along the height h so that its density is the same throughout the volume. Find the temperature gradient dT/dh.
Solution. 13. Consider a thin layer at a height h and thickness dh. Let p and dp+p be the pressure on the two sides of the layer. The mass of the layer is Sdhp. Equating vertical downward force to the upward force acting on the layer.
(1)
That means, temperature of air drops by 34°C at a height of 1 km above bottom.
Q. 14. Suppose the pressure p and the density p of air are related as p/p^{n} = const regardless of height (n is a constant here). Find the corresponding temperature gradient.
Solution. 14. (1)
But, from (2)
We have from gas low
Thus,
But,
so,
Q. 15. Let us assume that air is under standard conditions close to the Earth's surface. Presuming that the temperature and the molar mass of air are independent of height, find the air pressure at the height 5.0 km over the surface and in a mine at the depth 5.0 km below the surface.
Solution. 15. We have, dp =  p g dh and from gas law
Integrating, we get
or,
(where p_{0} is the pressure at the surface of the Earth.)
[Under standard condition,
Pressure at a height of 5 atm
Pressure in a mine at a depth of 5 km
Q. 16. Assuming the temperature and the molar mass of air, as well as the freefall acceleration, to be independent of the height, find the difference in heights at which the air densities at the temperature 0°C differ
(a) e times; (b) by η = 1.0%.
Solution. 16. We have dp =  pg dh but from gas law
Thus at const, temperature
So,
Integrating within limits
or,
Thus
Q. 17. An ideal gas of molar mass M is contained in a tall vertical cylindrical vessel whose base area is S and height h. The temperature of the gas is T, its pressure on the bottom base is P_{0}. Assuming the temperature and the freefall acceleration g to be independent of the height, find the mass of gas in the vessel.
Solution. 17. From the Barometric formula, we have
and from gas law
So, at constant temperature from these two Eqs.
(1)
Eq. (1) shows that density varies with height in the same manner as pressure. Let us consider the mass element of the gas contained in the coltimn.
Hence the sought mass,
Q. 18. An ideal gas of molar mass M is contained in a very tall vertical cylindrical vessel in the uniform gravitational field in which the freefall acceleration equals g. Assuming the gas temperature to be the same and equal to T, find the height at which the centre of gravity of the gas is located.
Solution. 18. As the gravitational field is constant the centre of gravity and the centre of mass are same. The location of C.M.
But from Barometric formula and gas law
So,
Q. 19. An ideal gas of molar mass /If is located in the uniform gravitational field in which the freefall acceleration is equal to g. Find the gas pressure as a function of height h, if p = p_{0} at h = 0, and the temperature varies with height as
(a) T = T_{0} (1 — ah); (b) T = T_{0} (1 + ah),
where a is a positive constant.
Solution. 19. (a) We know that the variation of pressure with height of a fluid is given by :
dp =  p g dh
But from gas law
From these two Eqs.
or,
Integrating,
Hence,
(b) Proceed up to Eq. (1) of part (a), and then put and proceed further in the same fashion to get
Q. 20. A horizontal cylinder closed from one end is rotated with a constant angular velocity ω about a vertical axis passing through the open end of the cylinder. The outside air pressure is equal to P_{0}, the temperature to T, and the molar mass of air to M. Find the air pressure as a function of the distance r from the rotation axis. The molar mass is assumed to be independent of r.
Solution. 20. Let us consider the mass element of the gas (thin layer) in the cylinder at a distance r from its open end as shown in the figure.
Using Newton’s second law for the element
So,
Thus,
Q. 21. Under what pressure will carbon dioxide have the density p = 500 g/1 at the temperature T = 300 K? Carry out the calculations both for an ideal and for a Van der Waals gas.
Solution. 21. For an ideal gas law
So,
For Vander Waal gas Eq.
or,
Q. 22. One mole of nitrogen is contained in a vessel of volume V = 1.00 1. Find:
(a) the temperature of the nitrogen at which the pressure can be calculated from an ideal gas law with an error η = 10% (as compared with the pressure calculated from the Van der Waals equation of state);
(b) the gas pressure at this temperature.
Solution. 22.
(The pressure is less for a Vander Waal gas than for an ideal gas)
or,
or,
(b) The corresponding pressure is
Q. 23. One mole of a certain gas is contained in a vessel of volume V = 0.250 1. At a temperature T_{1} = 300 K the gas pressure is p_{1} = 90 atm, and at a temperature T_{2 }= 350 K the pressure is p_{2} = 110 atm. Find the Van der Waals parameters for this gas.
Solution. 23.
So,
or.
Also,
or,
Using T_{1} = 300 K, p_{1} = 90 atms, T_{2} = 350 K, p_{2} = 110 atm, V = 0.250 litre
a = 1.87 atm. litre^{2}/mole^{2}, b = 0.045 litre/mole
Q. 24. Find the isothermal compressibility x of a Van der Waals gas as a function of volume V at temperature T.
Note. By definition
Solution. 24.
or,
Q. 25. Making use of the result obtained in the foregoing problem, find at what temperature the isothermal compressibility x of a Van der Waals gas is greater than that of an ideal gas. Examine the case when the molar volume is much greater than the parameter b.
Solution. 25. For an ideal gas
Now
If a, b do not vary much with temperature, then the effect at high temperature is clearly determined by b and its effect is repulsive so compressibility is less.
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