How many moles of oxygen are in a 5.5-L canister at STP?

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Jun 24, 2016

Answer:

There are #0.25mol# of #O_2# in the 5.5-L canister.

Explanation:

We are at STP, so we have to use the ideal gas law equation.
#PxxV = nxxRxxT#.

  • P represents pressure (could have units of atm, depending on the units of the universal gas constant)
  • V represents volume (must have units of liters)
  • n represents the number of moles
  • R is the universal gas constant (has units of #(Lxxatm)/ (molxxK)#)
  • T represents the temperature, which must be in Kelvins.

Next, list your known and unknown variables. Our only unknown is the number of moles of #O_2(g)#. Our known variables are P,V,R, and T.

At STP, the temperature is 273K and the pressure is 1 atm. The proportionality constant, R, is equal to 0.0821 #(Lxxatm)/ (molxxK)#

Now we have to rearrange the equation to solve for n:

# n = (PV)/(RT)#

#n = (1cancel"atm"xx5.5cancelL)/(0.0821(cancel"Lxxatm")/(molxxcancel"K")xx273cancel"K"#
#n = 0.25mol#