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    Please Help !!!

    Could somebody Please work this problem out for me ?

    The thermal efficiency,e, of a heat engine is
    defined by e = (Qh-Qc)/Qh, where Qh is the heat absorbed in one cycle and Qc is the heat released into a reservoir in one cycle. Find (d^2e)/(dQh^2).
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    Quote Originally Posted by mayster17
    Could somebody Please work this problem out for me ?

    The thermal efficiency,e, of a heat engine is
    defined by e = (Qh-Qc)/Qh, where Qh is the heat absorbed in one cycle and Qc is the heat released into a reservoir in one cycle. Find (d^2e)/(dQh^2).
    e=\frac{Q_h-Q_c}{Q_h}=1-\frac{Q_c}{Q_h}

    Assuming that Q_c is not a function of Q_h:

    \frac{de}{dQ_h}=\frac{Q_c}{Q_h^2}

    so:

    \frac{d^2e}{dQ_h^2}=-2\frac{Q_c}{Q_h^3}

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