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**Jacobpm64** A certain quantity of gas occupies a volume of 20cm^3 at a pressure of 1 atmosphere. The gas expans wihtout the addition of heat, ,so, for some constant *k*, its pressure, *P*, and volume, *V*, satisfy the relation

$\displaystyle PV^{1.4} = k$

(a) Find the rate of change of pressure with volume. Give units.

(b) The volume is increasing at 2 cm^3/min when the volume is 30 cm^3. At that moment, is the pressure increasing or decreasing? How fast? Give units.

The thing that confuses me about this problem is that it says the gas occupies a volume of 20cm^3 at a pressure of 1 atmosphere. I didn't use this information when I worked the problem. Could this information not be needed, or did I screw up somewhere?

Anyways, here is my work:

(a)

$\displaystyle PV^{1.4} = k$

$\displaystyle P = \frac{k}{V^{1.4}} = kV^{-1.4} $

$\displaystyle \frac{dP}{dV} = -1.4kV^{-2.4} $

$\displaystyle \frac{dP}{dV} = ( \frac{-1.4k}{V^{2.4}} ) $ atm/cm^3

(b)

$\displaystyle P = \frac{k}{V^{1.4}} = kV^{-1.4} $

$\displaystyle \frac{dP}{dt} = -1.4kV^{-2.4} * \frac{dV}{dt} $

$\displaystyle \frac{dP}{dt} = \frac{-1.4k}{V^{2.4}} * \frac{dV}{dt} $

$\displaystyle \frac{dP}{dt} = \frac{-1.4k}{30^{2.4}} * 2 $

$\displaystyle \frac{dP}{dt} \approx -0.000798 $ atm/min

decreasing at approximately 0.000798 atm/min