# Thread: Substituting values and solving for an unknown

1. ## Substituting values and solving for an unknown

i need to find the value of V in the following equation
(p+(a/V^2))*(V-b)=RT
where
P=9500KPa
R=.2968Kj/k/kg
T=175 K
a=27R^2*Tcr^2?(64*Pcr)
b=(R*Tcr)/(8Pcr)
Tcr=136.2 K
Pcr=3.39MPa

2. ## Numerical solution of equations

Hello self_shattered
Originally Posted by self_shattered
i need to find the value of V in the following equation
(p+(a/V^2))*(V-b)=RT
where
P=9500KPa
R=.2968Kj/k/kg
T=175 K
a=27R^2*Tcr^2?(64*Pcr)
b=(R*Tcr)/(8Pcr)
Tcr=136.2 K
Pcr=3.39MPa
$\displaystyle (p+(a/V^2))(V-b)=RT$

$\displaystyle \Rightarrow (pV^2+a)(V-b)=RTV^2$

$\displaystyle \Rightarrow pV^3-(b+RT)V^2+aV-ab=0$

The best advice I can give now is to use a numerical method; e.g. Newton-Raphson, with $\displaystyle f(V)= pV^3-(b+RT)V^2+aV-ab$ and $\displaystyle f'(V) = 3pV^2-2(b+RT)V+a$.

I'm not sure what the numerical values are, especially
a=27R^2*Tcr^2?(64*Pcr)
What does ? mean?

If you don't know how to use Newton-Raphson, work out the numerical values of
$\displaystyle p, a, b, R, T$ (don't bother with the units, they only confuse things); post them here, and I'll do it for you.