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A physics instructor uses a “fire syringe” to demonstrate that energy is transferred to the molecules in a rapid compression.

First the teacher places a very small square of tissue paper into a glass cylinder that is equipped with a moveable piston. Then the teacher slams down on the piston quickly compressing the gas around the tissue paper.

Because the piston did so much work on the gas and increased the temperature so quickly, the tissue paper burned up in a tiny flame.

Which of the following thermodynamic processes correct describes this scenario?

A

Isobaric.

B

Isothermal.

C

Isometric (isochoric).

D

Adiabatic.

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