Physics (Heat Engines)

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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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    wait no the answer is A how though?

  • Physics (Heat Engines) -

    In a maximum-efficiency "Carnot" cycle, the ratio
    Qout/Qin = Tout/Tin
    because the entropy change when heat is absorbed and released by the fluid is the same. T remains the same during each process.

    Therefore e = 1 - Tout/Tin = 3/7, and
    Wout = 3/7 * 2800 = 1200 J

    Practical engines do not use a Carnot cycle, but come reasonably close.

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