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PV = nRT The Ideal Gas Law

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Definition The ideal gas law is the mathematical relationship among: Pressure (P) Volume (V) Temperature (T) Amount of the Gas in Moles (n) The law quantitatively describes the behavior of a gas sample for any combination of conditions: If you know three of the conditions, you can solve for the fourth. PV = nRT

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Units of Measurement Volume must always be measured in liters (L). 1L = 1000mL = 0.001kL Amount of the gas must always be measured in moles (mol). If amount is given in grams, you must do a gram to mole conversion! Temperature must always be measured in Kelvin (K). K = ˚C ˚C = K Pressure must always be measured in atmospheres (atm). 1 atm = 760 mmHg = 760 torr = x 10 5 Pa = kPa

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Standard Temperature and Pressure (STP) Standard temperature is 273 K. Standard pressure is 1 atm. At STP, 1 mole of any ideal gas occupies 22.4 L.

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The Ideal Gas Constant Represented as R in the ideal gas law. R is a constant value that never changes. The value for R is derived from the standard volume (22.4L) of 1 mole of a gas at STP. PV = nRT can be arranged as R = PV/nT R = (1 atm)(22.4 L)/(1 mol)(273 K) = Latm/molK PV = nRT

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Solving Ideal Gas Law Problems What is the pressure exerted by a mol sample of nitrogen gas in a 10.0L container at 25˚C? 1. Determine given values and unknown. n= mol, V = 10.0 L, T = 25˚C, R = Latm/molK P = ? 2. Convert given values into proper units. K = 25˚C = 298 K 3. Rearrange equation to solve for unknown. Plug in given values to solve for unknown. P = nRT/V P = (o.500 mol)( Latm/molK)(298 K) / 10.0 L P = 1.22 atm

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Solving Ideal Gas Law Problems What is the volume of an 8.00g sample of oxygen gas at 293 K and atm? 1. Determine given values and unknown. n= 8.00g, T = 293 K, P = atm, R = Latm/molK V= ? 2. Convert given values into proper units. 8.oo g O 2 x (1 mol O 2 / g O 2 ) = mol O 2 3. Rearrange equation to solve for unknown. Plug in given values to solve for unknown. V = nRT/P V= (o.250 mol)( Latm/molK)(293 K) / atm V = 6.17 L

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