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Linh Vo 2J
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Ideal Behavior

Postby Linh Vo 2J » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:07 am

In some questions, they state to assume ideal behavior. What does this mean? And will there be times where we have to assume it and the problem won't tell us?

Jesse Kuehn 1B
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Re: Ideal Behavior

Postby Jesse Kuehn 1B » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:54 am

I believe this just means to assume all gases act as ideal gases, for example in equations where there are 5 moles of gas on the reactants side and 5 moles of gas on the product side, all of these gases should behave in the same way. This allows us to predict the way reactions will shift when changes are made to them (adding/subtracting reactants/products) I don't think we will work with anything that is not an ideal gas.

kateminden
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Re: Ideal Behavior

Postby kateminden » Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:36 pm

Thank you for asking this! I was confused about this too. I understood the Ideal Gas Law and how to apply it, but I did not quite understand the concept of "ideal behavior" of gases.

Brian Hom 2F
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Re: Ideal Behavior

Postby Brian Hom 2F » Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:16 pm

When the problem says assume ideal gas behavior, this means that we can use the constants Cp=5/2R and Cv=3/2R. These constants help in solving a problem where you need to use the formula S=nCln(T2/T1).


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