Carnot's law

noun
Car·​not's law | \ (ˈ)kär¦nōz- \

Definition of Carnot's law

: a statement in physics: the specific heat of a gas at constant pressure minus the specific heat at constant volume multiplied by the mechanical equivalent of heat equals the gas constant for the gas in question

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History and Etymology for Carnot's law

after N.L.S. Carnot †1832, French physicist

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“Carnot's law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Carnot%27s%20law. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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