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    A heat engine using 3.30 grams of helium gas is initially at STP. The gas goes through the following closed cycle:
    -Isothermal compression until the volume is halved.
    -Isobaric expansion until the volume is restored to its initial value.
    -Isochoric cooling until the pressure is restored to its initial value.

    A) How much work does this engine due per cycle? Express your answer in joules.

    B) What is its thermal efficiency? Express your answer in percent.

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    A) Molecular weight of Helium = 4 grams/mol
    Number of moles of Helium = 3.30/4 = 0.825 mol
    Initial Volume = V1 = 22.4L = 0.0224 m^3
    V2 = V1/2 = ...

    Solution Summary

    A work of an engine per cycles are given. Isothermal compression until the volume is halved is discussed.