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Homework Help: Physics (Heat Engines)

Posted by Kate on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 10:32pm.

21. A heat engine operates in a cycle between temperatures 700 K and 400 K. The heat input to the engine during each cycle is 2800 J. What is the maximum possible work done by the engine in each cycle?

(A) 1200 J
(B) 1600 J
(C) 2100 J
(D) 2800 J
(E) 4400 J

I believe that the answer is E. I just don't know how to prove it. If you could show that would be great. I know that

e = |W|/|Qh|

|Qh| = |W| + |Ql|

e = 1 - |Ql|/|Qh|

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