Problem: A natural gas storage tank is a cylinder with a moveable top. Its volume can change only as its height changes, and its radius fixed. The height of the cylinder is 22.6 m on a day when the temperature is 23 oC. The next day the height of the cylinder increases to 23.8 m when the gas expands because of a heat wave.Determine the temperature on the second day, assuming that the pressure and amount of gas in the storage tank have not changed.

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Calculate the initial and final volume:

Vcylinder=πr2h


V1=πr2(22.6 m)


V2=πr2(23.8 m)


Charles's Law:

V1T1=V2T2

T1 = 23°C + 273.15 = 296.15 K            

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A natural gas storage tank is a cylinder with a moveable top. Its volume can change only as its height changes, and its radius fixed. The height of the cylinder is 22.6 m on a day when the temperature is 23 oC. The next day the height of the cylinder increases to 23.8 m when the gas expands because of a heat wave.

Determine the temperature on the second day, assuming that the pressure and amount of gas in the storage tank have not changed.

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