Assuming ideal gas

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Katie Frei 1L
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Assuming ideal gas

Postby Katie Frei 1L » Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:48 pm

When can we assume that a gas is behaving in an ideal manner? For example, in 4D.7) of the 7th edition of the textbook, the solutions manner uses the ideal gas equation to solve for the work, and eventually the change in internal energy (but the book never says that the gas is ideal). How would I know to use the ideal gas law in this type of instance?

CHEM 14B Lover
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Re: Assuming ideal gas

Postby CHEM 14B Lover » Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:25 pm

I think a lot of questions just require you to think the gas is ideal to apply formulas. IRL lot of energy is lost to heat or sound etc. so even if it's not stated explicitly you basically assume gas is ideal all the time.

Tameen Ahmed 4C
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Re: Assuming ideal gas

Postby Tameen Ahmed 4C » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:29 pm

I think you assume the question is referring to an ideal gas unless otherwise stated!

Mark 1D
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Re: Assuming ideal gas

Postby Mark 1D » Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:05 pm

should usually assume, sometimes question also mentions it explicitly

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