Problem: If an automobile travels 230 mi with a gas mileage of 21.5 mi/gal , how many kilograms of CO2 are produced?Assume that the gasoline is composed of octane, C8H18 (l), whose density is 0.69 g/mL.

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Determine the mass of octane used:

mass C8H18=230 mi(1 gal21.5 mi)(3.78541 L1 gal)(1 mL10-3 L)(0.69 g1 mL)=27941.60777 g C8H18

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If an automobile travels 230 mi with a gas mileage of 21.5 mi/gal , how many kilograms of CO2 are produced?
Assume that the gasoline is composed of octane, C8H18 (l), whose density is 0.69 g/mL.

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