# internal energy calculation of superheated vapor

I know that steam behaves like an ideal gas. Thus, the internal energy is a function only of temperature. I also know that $U=C_{V}(T_2-T_1)$, where $C_V$ is the specific heat at constant volume. My question is: Since $C_V$ is a function of temperature, which value of $C_V$ should I take, or should I just use the values of internal energies on the steam tables? Thanks in advance!

$$\Delta U = \int_{T_1}^{T_2} c_V(T) \, dT$$
If you have a table of the specific heats at various temperatures, you can make a numerical estimate of this integral using the trapezoidal rule. For example, suppose that we are trying to find the change in internal energy between 400 K and 600 K and we know that the specific heat is $1.901 \frac{\text{kJ}}{\text{kg} \cdot \text{K}}$ at 400 K; $1.954 \frac{\text{kJ}}{\text{kg} \cdot \text{K}}$ at 500 K; and $2.015 \frac{\text{kJ}}{\text{kg} \cdot \text{K}}$ at 600 K. Then $\Delta U$ is approximately