Problem: A steel container of volume 0.36 L can withstand pressures up to 89 atm before exploding.Find the mass of helium that can be stored in this container at 301 K .

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We’re being asked to calculate the mass of helium in a 0.36 L can at 301 K and 89 atm. 


We’re going to calculate the mass of He in grams using the following steps:


Step 1. Calculate the moles of He present in the container using the ideal gas equation.

PV=nRT

P = pressure, atm
V = volume, L
n = moles, mol
R = gas constant = 0.08206 (L·atm)/(mol·K)
T = temperature, K

Step 2. Calculate the mass of carbon dioxide.

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A steel container of volume 0.36 L can withstand pressures up to 89 atm before exploding.

Find the mass of helium that can be stored in this container at 301 K .