Calculating the Net Change in Moles of a Gas to find Delta V


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Shelby_Smallwood_2B
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Calculating the Net Change in Moles of a Gas to find Delta V

Postby Shelby_Smallwood_2B » Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:01 pm

In homework 7.51, you need to calculate the change in volume using the ideal gas law. In order to do that, you must calculate the net change in gas moles (The balanced equation is given). How do you calculate the net change in the moles of gases in the reaction?

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Re: Calculating the Net Change in Moles of a Gas to find Del

Postby Niharika Reddy 1D » Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:51 pm

Net change in moles of gas=Δn=(moles of gas in the products)-(moles of gas in the reactants)

For this problem, there are 3 moles of gas in the products and 2 moles of gas in the reactants, so the net change in moles of gas is 3-2=1 mol.

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Re: Calculating the Net Change in Moles of a Gas to find Del

Postby Shelby_Smallwood_2B » Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:42 pm

Thanks so much. Is it possible to have a negative net change in moles or would you do the absolute value?

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Re: Calculating the Net Change in Moles of a Gas to find Del

Postby Neil DSilva 1L » Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:57 pm

You can have a negative values. It follows the same sorta thinking as or . It just means the change was a negative change and the final value is less than the initial value. So, for example, if there are 4 moles of gas in the reactants (instead of 2), .


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