Adiabatic Reversible Expansion and Compression: ConcepTest and Example Problem

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Example Problem 1

Carbon monoxide is compressed reversibly and adiabatically in a piston-cylinder from 1.0 bar and 75°C to 47 bar. How much work is required if CO is an ideal gas with a temperature-dependent heat capacity?