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Measurement of pressure, the volume of gas molecules

Question
Calculate the pressure of 2 moles of nitrogen gas occupying 10 lit volume at 27° C. Given, a = 1.4 atm lit² mol⁻² and b = 0.04 lit mol⁻¹ using Van der Waals equation. Also, calculate the pressure of the gas using ideal gas law and find the extent of deviation from ideal behavior.

Answer'
Van der Waals equation for n moles real gases
Van der Waals equation questions answer
Van der Waals equation
mole number = 2 mol
a = 1.4 atm lit² mol⁻²
b = 0.04 lit mol⁻¹,
volume = 10 lit
universal constant = 0.082 lit atm mol⁻¹ K⁻¹
temperature = (273 + 27)K = 300K.

∴ P = {(2×0.082×300)/(10-2×0.04)} - (1.4×22/10)
= (5.45 - 0.56)
= 4.89 atm

The pressure of the ideal gas.
Pideal = nRT/V
= (2 × 0.082 × 300)/10
= 4.92 atm

Preal ㄑ Pideal due to the intermolecular attraction.

The extent of deviation from ideal behavior.
= (4.92 - 4.89)
= 0.300.

Question
At 1 atm pressure and 300 K temperature, the volume of the gas 2000 cm³. What are the volume of this gas at 600 K temperature and 2 atm pressure?

Answer
Combination of Boyle's and Charles's law.
(P₁V₁)/T₁ = (P₂V₂)/T₂

P₁ = 1 atm, V₁ = 2000 cm³, T₁ = 300K, P₂ = 2, T₂ = 600K and V₂ = ?

∴ 1 × 2000/300 = 2 × V₂/600
or, V₂ = (1 × 2000 × 600)/(300 × 2)
= 2000 cm³

Question
One liter of a gas at 300 atm and 473 K compressed to a pressure of 600 atm and 273 K. The compressibility factors found from the curves are 1.072 and 1.375 respectively at the initial and final states. What is the final volume of the gas?

Answer
Compressibility factor,
Z = PV/nRT.

Z₁ = P₁V₁/nRT₁
and Z₂ = P₂V₂/nRT₂.

where P₁, V₁, and T₁ are the initial pressure, volume, and temperature and P₂, V₂ and T₂ are the final pressure, volume, and temperature.

∴ Z₂/Z₁ = (P₂V₂/nRT₂)/(P₁V₁/nRT₁)
or, V₂ = (Z₂/Z₁)×(T₁/T₂)×(P₁V₁/P₂)

Final volume of the gas
= (1.375/1.072)×(273/473)×(300 × 1/600)
= 370.1 c.c.

Weight of the gas molecules

Question
At 273 K and under pressure of 100 atm the compressibility factor of oxygen 0.97. Calculate the mass of oxygen necessary to fill a gas cylinder of 108.5 lit capacities under the given conditions.

Answer
T = 273 K, Z = 0.97 and P = 100 atm.
Compressibility factor,
Z = PV/RT
where V is molar volume.

The molar volume of oxygen.
Vm = ZRT/P
= (0.97 × 0.082 × 273 K)/(100)
= 2.17 lit mol⁻¹

The mass of this molar volume will be equal to the molar mass of oxygen, which is 2.17 lit of oxygen equal to 32 gm. Thus the mass of oxygen required to fill the gas cylinder 108.5 lit under the given condition,
= {(32 gm)/(2.17 lit)} × (108.5 lit)
= 1600 gm
= 1.6 Kg
Question
Calculate the weight of oxygen necessary to fill up a cylinder of 5-liter capacity at 0°C and 100-atmosphere pressure when the compressibility factor 0.96.

Answer
Number of moles (n) = g/M gm mol⁻¹ and Z = compressibility factor.
PV = Z × nRT
or, n = PV/ZRT
∴ g/M = PV/ZRT
or, g = PVM/ZRT.

∴ Weight of oxygen = PVM/ZRT
= (100 × 5 × 32)/(0.96 × 0.082 × 273)
= 744.4 gm.

Van der Waals equation for real gas molecules

Question
What are the CGS and SI units and dimensions of Van der Waals constant 'a' and 'b'?

Answer
For n mole real gas, Van der Waals equation of state.
(P + an²/V²)(V - nb) = nRT.

Unit of an²/V² = unit of the pressure of the gas.

∴ Unit of 'a' × (mol²/lit²) = atm
or, Unit of 'a' = atm lit² mol⁻².

CGS unit of 'a'= dyne cm⁻² cm⁶ mol⁻²
= dyne cm⁴ mol⁻⁴.

SI unit of 'a'= Newton m⁻² m⁶ mol⁻²
= Newton m⁴ mol⁻².

SI unit of 'b' = m³ mol⁻¹.

CGS unit of 'b' = cm³ mol⁻¹.

∴ Dimension of 'a' = [M L⁵ T⁻² mol⁻¹]
and dimension of 'b' = [L³ mol⁻¹].
Question
What is the Boyle temperature of nitrogen gas given a = 1.4 atm lit² mol⁻² and b=0.04 lit mol⁻¹?

Answer
Boyle temperature,
TB = a/Rb.
∴ Boyle temperature for nitrogen gas.
TB = 1.4/(0.082 × 0.04) K
= 427 K.
Question
Comment on the possibility of defining a Boyle temperature if a = 0 and a =b = 0.

Answer
When, a = 0,
P (V - b) = RT
or, PV = RT + Pb.
Differentiating with respect of P at constant T,
[d(PV)/dP]T = b

But b ≠ 0 hence [d(PV)/dP]T ≠ 0.
The gas has no Boyle temperature since at any temperature, [d(PV)/dP]T ≠ 0.

Again when a = b = 0,
Van der Waals equation.
PV = RT
or, [d(PV)/dP]T = 0
Any temperature this becomes zero and so all the temperature Boyle temperatures.

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