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Problem: Use the van der Waal's equation to calculate the pressure (in atm) exerted by 1.00 mol of chlorine gas confined to a volume of 2.00 L at 273K. The value of a = 6.49 L2 atm mol-2, and that of b = 0.0562 L mol-1 for chlorine gas.a) no given answer is closeb) 9.9c) 4.12d) 1.54e) 3.73

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We’re being asked to calculate the pressure exerted by a chlorine gas using the Van der Waal’s equation

The Van der Waals equation is shown below:

P+an2V2V-nb=nRT

P = pressure, atm
V = volume, L
n = # of moles, mol
R = gas constant = 0.08206 (Latm)/(molK)
T = temperature, K
a = polarity coefficient
= size coefficient


Let’s first isolate the pressure in the Van der Waals Equation:

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Use the van der Waal's equation to calculate the pressure (in atm) exerted by 1.00 mol of chlorine gas confined to a volume of 2.00 L at 273K. The value of a = 6.49 L2 atm mol-2, and that of b = 0.0562 L mol-1 for chlorine gas.

a) no given answer is close

b) 9.9

c) 4.12

d) 1.54

e) 3.73

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