Ratio of Specific Heat Experiment

Product Code: EX-5531A

Description

In this experiment, the ratio of specific heat capacities for air is determined using Ruchardt’s method of measuring the period of oscillation of the piston in a cylinder filled with air.

A cylinder is filled with air and a Pressure Sensor is attached. The piston is plucked by hand and allowed to oscillate. The oscillating pressure is recorded as a function of time and the period is determined. The ratio of specific heat capacities is calculated using the period of oscillation, according to Ruchardt’s method.

PASCO Advantage: Since the oscillations are plotted, it is easy to accurately measure the period of oscillation.


Concepts

  • Cp/Cv for a gas
  • Ruchardt’s method of measuring the ratio of specific heats
  • Adiabatic process

Experiments

Ratio of Specific Heats Experiment


What’s Included


Software Required

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Interface Required

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Support Documents

Heat Engine/Gas Law Apparatus Manual 

Large Rod Stand Manual

PASPORT Dual Pressure Sensor Manual  

Manual Downloads

Product Manuals for the Included Products

Large Rod Base Manual (ME-8735)
(46 KB – .pdf – English)
PASPORT Dual Pressure Sensor Manual (PS-2181)
(435 KB – .pdf – English)
Experiment File
EX-5531 Ratio of Specific Heats.zip
(5.2 MB – .zip – English)