Ideal gas law formula derivation

An ideal gas equation in chemistry

A gas at equilibrium has a definite value of pressure, volume, temperature, and composition. These are called state variables and are determined experimentally.

The state of the gas can be defined by these variables. Boyle’s in 1662, Charles’s in 1787 and Avogadro laws give the birth of an equation of state for Ideal gas.

Ideal gas equation formula

Boyle’s law,
V ∝ 1/P
when n and T are constant of a gas.

Charles law,
V ∝ T
when n and P are constant for a gas.

Avogadro’s law,
V ∝ n
when P and T are constant for a gas.

When all the variables are taken into account, the variation rule states that,

V \propto\frac{1}{P}\times T\times n

\therefore V =R\times \frac{1}{P}\times T\times n

Ideal gas law problems solutions
Ideal gas law

This is called the ideal gas law of the state. This equation is found to hold most satisfactory when pressure tense to zero.

At ordinary temperature and pressure, the equation is found to deviated about 5%. Real gases attain ideal behavior only at low pressures and very high temperatures.

What is the value of R universal gas constant?

At NTP 1 mole gas at 1-atmosphere pressure occupied 22.4 lit of gas.

Ideal gas law
PV =RT
or, R = PV/nT

Putting the values of pressure, volume, and temperature in the above equation.

R = ( 1 atm × 22.4 lit)/(1 mole × 273 K)
= 0.082 lit atm mol⁻¹ K⁻¹

Problem
Derive the value of gas constant R when pressure is expressed in the atm, and volume in cm³ and pressure in dyne m⁻² and volume mm³.

Answer
82.05 atm cm³ mol⁻¹ K⁻¹
8.314 × 10¹⁴ dyne m⁻² mm³ mol⁻¹ K⁻¹

What is the unit of universal gas constant?

Pressure = 1 atm = 76 cm Hg
= 76 cm × 13.6 gm cm⁻² × 981 cm sec⁻²
= 76 × 13.6 × 981 dyne cm⁻²

Volume = 22.4 × 10³ cm³

Temperature = 273 K

∴ R = (76 × 13.6× 981 × 22.4 × 10³)/(1 × 273)
= 8.314 × 10⁷ dyne cm² mol⁻¹ K⁻¹

Work = force × displacement.
∴ erg = dyne cm².

R = 8.314 × 10⁷ erg mol⁻¹ K⁻¹

1 J = 10⁷ erg.
Thus universal constant of gas in SI units
= 8.314 J mol⁻¹ K⁻¹.

4.18 J = 1 calories,
∴ R = 8.314 / 4.18 calories mol⁻¹ K⁻¹
= 1.987 calories mol⁻¹ K⁻¹
≃ 2 calories mol⁻¹ K⁻¹

Problem
What is the value of gas constant R when pressure is expressed in Torr and volume in dm³?

Answer

61.54 Torr dm³ mol⁻¹ K⁻¹

What is the significance of gas constant?

For n mole ideal gas
PV = nRT
or, R = PV/nT.

∴ Unit of R = (unit of P × unit of V)/(unit of n × unit of T).

Pressure = (force/area)
= (force/ length²)
= force × length⁻².

Volume = length³.

∴ R = (force × length⁻² × length³)/(amount of gas × kelvin)
= (force × length)/(amount of gas × kelvin)

= (Work or Energy)/(amount of gas × kelvin).

R is energy per mole per kelvin or amount of work or energy that can be obtained from one mole of gas when its temperature is raised by one kelvin.

The molecular weight of ideal gases

n mole ideal gas
PV = nRT
or, PV= (g/M)RT

where g = weight of the gas in gram and M = molecular weight of the gas.

P = ( g/V) (RT/M)

Density = weight of the gas/volume
or, d = g/V

∴ P = dRT/M

From this equation, we can easily find out the molecular weight of a gas.

Problem
The volume of 12.8 grams of gas at 760 mm-Hg pressure and 27° C is 10 liter. Calculating the molar weight of a gas?

Answer
Ideal gas law, PV = nRT.

or, PV = (g/M) × RT

∴ M = gRT/PV

= (12.8 × 0.082 × 300)/(1 × 10).

= 31.49 gm mol⁻¹

Problem
The density of ammonia at 5-atmosphere pressure and 30°C temperature 3.42 gm lit⁻¹. What is the molecular weight of ammonia?

Answer
The molecular weight of ideal gas,
M = dRT/P

∴ The molecular weight of ammonia
= (3.42 × 0.082 × 303)/5 gm mol⁻¹
= 16.99 gm mol⁻¹
≃ 17 gm mol⁻¹

How do you find the number of molecules per unit volume?

Ideal gas law for n mole gas,
PV = nRT.
or, PV= (N/N₀) RT
N = gas molecules present in an ideal gas,
N₀ = Avogadro number = 6.023 × 10²³.

∴ P = (N/V) × (R/N₀) × T

∴ P = N′ kT
N′ = gas molecules present per unit volume.
k = Boltzmann constant = R/N₀
= 1.38 × 10⁻¹⁶ erg molecules⁻¹ K⁻¹

Problem
Estimate the number of gaseous molecules left in a volume of 1 mi-liter if it pumped out to give a vacuum of 7.6 × 10⁻³ mm of Hg at 0°C.

Answer
Volume (V) = 1 ml = 10⁻⁶ dm³.

Pressure (P) = 7.6 × 10⁻³ mm Hg
= (7.6 × 10⁻³ mm Hg) (101.235 kPa/760 mm Hg)
= 1.01235 × 10⁻³ kPa.

Ideal gas law for n moles gas
PV = nRT
or, n = PV/RT
= (1.01235 × 10⁻³ × 10⁻⁶)/(8.314 × 273)
= 4.46 × 10⁻¹³ mole

Number of gaseous molecules
N = n N₀.
= (4.46 × 10⁻¹³ mole)(6.023 × 10⁻²³ mol⁻¹)
= 2.68 × 10⁻¹¹.

The total pressure exerted by the molecules

Assuming ideal behavior finds out the total pressure exerted by 2 gm ethane and 3 gm carbon dioxide contained in a vessel of 5-liter capacity at 50°C.

Moles of ethane
n₁ = 2/30 = 0.0667

Moles of carbon dioxide
n₂ = 3/44 = 0.0682

Total moles (n₁ + n₂) = (0.0667 + 0.0682)
= 0.1349

∴ Total pressure (P) = (n₁ + n₂)RT/V
or, P = (0.1349 × 0.082 × 323)/5

= 0.715 atm

Problem
At 2 atm constant pressure slope of a one-mole ideal gas in V vs T graph is x L mol⁻¹ K⁻¹. Find out the value of gas constant R by x.

Answer
Ideal gas law for 1-mole gas,
PV = nRT
or, V = (nR/P) × T.

The slope of the V vs T graph = nR/P
where P = 2 atm.

∴ (R/2 atm) = x L mol⁻¹ K⁻¹
Value of universal gas constant R = 2x L atm mol⁻¹ K⁻¹