A gas occupies 3.30 liters and is at 850 mmHg. What would the pressure be in atm, if the new volume were increased to 5.63 liters?

1 Answer
Oct 3, 2016

Answer:

This is a clear application of #"Boyle's Law"# #Pprop1/V#

The new pressure is approx. #0.7*atm#.

Explanation:

This is a clear application of #"Boyle's Law"# #Pprop1/V#

And thus, #P_1V_1=P_2V_2#

We note that #1*atm-=760*mm*Hg#

#P_2=(P_1V_1)/V_2# #=# #((850*mm*Hg)/(760*mm*Hg*atm^-1))xx(3.30*L)/(5.63*L)#

#=# #??atm#

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