A 1.2-liter tank at a temperature of 27°C contains a mixture of 1.5 moles of oxygen, 1.2 moles of nitrogen, and 1.6 moles of hydrogen. What is the total pressure of the mixture inside the tank?

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Jun 5, 2016

Answer:

Approx. #88*atm#

Explanation:

Dalton's law of partial pressures states that in a gaseous mixture, the pressure exerted by a component is the same as it would exert if it alone occupied the container. The total pressure os the sum of the individual partial pressures.

So, there are #4.3# moles of gas occupying the container, and we assume Ideal Gas behaviour:

#P=(nRT)/V# #=# #(4.3*molxx0.0821*L*atm*K^-1*mol^-1xx300*K)/(1.2*L)#

This is quite a high pressure; of course, as you know #1# #mol# of gas would occupy approx #25*L# under standard conditions of #1# #atm# and #298K#.