2Contents Ⅰ： Aim Ⅱ： Introduction Ⅲ： Theory Ⅳ： Experimental Process Ⅴ： Instruments and Data Table
3Ⅰ： AimTo measure the specific heat ratio of air by the method of adiabatic expansion.To learn how to use the temperature sensor and the pressure sensor.
4Ⅱ：IntroductionThe heat capacity ratio or adiabatic index or ratio of specific heats, is the ratio of the heat capacity at constant pressure (CP) to heat capacity at constant volume (CV). It is sometimes also known as the isentropic expansion factor and is denoted by γ (gamma).where, C is the heat capacity or the specific heat capacity of a gas, suffix P and V refer to constant pressure and constant volume conditions respectively.
5Ideal gas relationsFor an ideal gas, the heat capacity is constant with temperature. Accordingly we can express the enthalpy as H = CPT and the internal energy as U = CVT. Thus, it can also be said that the heat capacity ratio is the ratio between the enthalpy to the internal energy:
6Ideal gas relationsFurthermore, the heat capacities can be expressed in terms of heat capacity ratio ( γ ) and the gas constant ( R ):andSo：
7Relation with degrees of freedom The heat capacity ratio ( γ ) for an ideal gas can be related to the degrees of freedom ( f ) of a molecule by:Thus we observe that for a monatomic gas, with three degrees of freedom:while for a diatomic gas, with five degrees of freedom (at room temperature):
8E.g.The terrestrial air is primarily made up of diatomic gasses (~78% nitrogen (N2) and ~21% oxygen (O2)) and, at standard conditions it can be considered to be an ideal gas. A diatomic molecule has five degrees of freedom (three translational and two rotational degrees of freedom). This results in a value of
9Ratio of Specific Heats for some common gases Carbon Dioxide1.3Helium1.66Hydrogen1.41Methane or Natural Gas1.31Nitrogen1.4OxygenStandard Air
10One Standard Atmosphere Common Pressure Units frequently used as alternative to "one Atmosphere"76 Centimeters (760 mm) of MercuryMeters of WaterKilopascalNote: Standard atmosphere is a pressure defined as 101'325 Pa and used as unit of pressure (symbol: atm).The original definition of “Standard Temperature and Pressure” (STP) was a reference temperature of 0 °C (273.15 K) and pressure of kPa (1 atm).
11Ⅲ：TheoryIdeal gas lawThe state of an amount of gas is determined by its pressure, volume, and temperature according to the equation:whereP is the absolute pressure of the gas,V is the volume of the gas,n is the number of moles of gas,R is the universal gas constant,T is the absolute temperature.The value of the ideal gas constant, R, is found to be as follows.R = J·mol−1·K−1
12Isentropic process (Reversible adiabatic process) CalculationsProcessConstantEquationIsobaric processPressureV/T=constantIsochoric processVolumeP/T=constantIsothermal processTemperaturePV=constantIsentropic process (Reversible adiabatic process)EntropyPVγ=constantPγ-1/Tγ=constantTVγ-1=constant