Thermodynamic Illustration of the Carnot Cycle

Use the Carnot Cycle Applet to illustrate the isothermal and adiabatic steps involved in each part to the Carnot cycle. See the steps during which the ideal gas is compressed and expanded and when heat is transfered to or from the gas.

  • Click on one of the four curves to see details about the work and heat exchanges during that step.
  • Press the "Illustrate Cycle/Stop Cycle" button to animate the Carnot engine.