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Problem: Why do real gases not behave exactly like ideal gases? Under what conditions does a real gas behave ideally?

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First, let’s state the basic postulates or assumptions of the Kinetic molecular theory

1. The size of a particle is negligibly small

2. The average kinetic energy of a particle is proportional to the temperature in Kelvins.

3. The collision of one particle with another (or with the walls of its container) is completely elastic.


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Why do real gases not behave exactly like ideal gases? Under what conditions does a real gas behave ideally?

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