Problem: Freon-12 is used as a refrigerant in central home air conditioners. The rate of effusion of Freon-12 to Freon-11 (molar mass = 137.4 g/mol) is 1.07:1. The formula of Freon-12 is one of the following: CF4, CF3Cl, CF2Cl2, CFCl3, or CCl4. Which formula is correct for Freon-12?

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Recall that Graham's Law of Effusion allows us to compare the rate of effusion of two gases. Graham's Law states that the rate of effusion of a gas is inversely proportional to its molar mass.

rate=1MMgas


This means that when comparing two gases:

rategas 1rategas 2=MMgas 2MMgas 1


gas 1 = Freon-12

gas 2 = Freon-11

ratio: 1.07:1

molar mass Freon-11 = 137.4 g/mol

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Freon-12 is used as a refrigerant in central home air conditioners. The rate of effusion of Freon-12 to Freon-11 (molar mass = 137.4 g/mol) is 1.07:1. The formula of Freon-12 is one of the following: CF4, CF3Cl, CF2Cl2, CFCl3, or CCl4. Which formula is correct for Freon-12?

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