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Isotherms and coexistence curves are shown in the pV diagram above for a liquid-gas system. The dashed lines are the boundaries of the labeled regions.

Which numbered curve is the critical isotherm?


  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5

Thermodynamics}Critical Isotherm

The critical isotherm is the (constant temperature) line that just touches the critical liquid-vapor region, explained in the next question. The condition for the critical isotherm is \left(\frac{dP}{dV}\right)_c=0 and \left(\frac{d^2P}{dV^2}\right)_c=0, where c denotes the critical point.

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neon37
2010-11-11 23:25:48
Easy way even without knowing anything in physics at all. There is nothing "critical" about 1, 3 -5. Only 2 looks "critical".NEC
sirenayka
2008-10-14 21:49:48
Answer should be 2.NEC
Ning Bao
2008-01-29 11:48:28
Immediately we know that there is ino difference between 3, 4, and 5: their properties are the same. There is also nothing differentiating curve 1 from a curve just above or just below it. Only curve 2 is unique enough to be the anwer.NEC
bucky0
2007-11-01 14:48:41
(B) Is the answerNEC

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