Problem: An open flask sitting in a lab fridge looks empty, but we know that actually it is filled with a mixture of gases called air. If the flask volume is 1.50 L, and the air is at standard temperature and pressure, how many gaseous molecules does the flask contain?

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We’re being asked to calculate the number of air molecules inside a 1.50 L flask at standard temperature and pressure.


Recall that standard temperature and pressure (STP) is defined as 1 atm and 0 ˚C


For this problem, we need to do the following:

Step 1: Calculate the moles of air using the ideal gas law.

Step 2: Calculate the number of air molecules using Avogadro’s number.


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An open flask sitting in a lab fridge looks empty, but we know that actually it is filled with a mixture of gases called air. If the flask volume is 1.50 L, and the air is at standard temperature and pressure, how many gaseous molecules does the flask contain?

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