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    A sealed can of fixed volume contains air at a pressure 101kpa at 100c. The can is then cooled to a temperature of 20c. calculate the pressure of the air in the can.

    I thought this was just p1/t1 = p2/t2

    so rearrange to : (p1t2)/ t1 = P2

    but this isnt working for me answer should be 79kpa
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    Did you remember to convert your temperature in degrees Celsius to kelvin??
    That may be the problem
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    (Original post by Who_Is_It?)
    Did you remember to convert your temperature in degrees Celsius to kelvin??
    That may be the problem
    nope ! will try that now and edit this post in a minute damn that was dumb!

    edit: thank you ! but im immediately stuck on this now:

    A hand pump of volume 2.0x10^-4 is used to force air through a valve into a container of volume 8x10^-4 which contains air at initial pressure of 101kpa. calculate the pressure of the air in the container after one stroke of the pump, assuming temperature is unchanged....

    im confused with what to do for this as the volume of the container cant change
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    (Original post by 2cool)
    nope ! will try that now and edit this post in a minute damn that was dumb!

    edit: thank you ! but im immediately stuck on this now:

    A hand pump of volume 2.0x10^-4 is used to force air through a valve into a container of volume 8x10^-4 which contains air at initial pressure of 101kpa. calculate the pressure of the air in the container after one stroke of the pump, assuming temperature is unchanged....

    im confused with what to do for this as the volume of the container cant change
    I remember doing something like this before. You're just using Boyles law which is pV=constant

    Initially the pump and container are connected so the total initial volume would be (2.0x10^-4 + 8x10^-4)
    When you compress the pump the total volume in the pump would become zero (because its completely pressed in) but the volume of the container remains at 8x10^-4. So final volume becomes 8x10^-4.

    Because the volume is decreasing the pressure is increasing. This is because the amount of gas in the system stays the same but its just confined to a smaller space/volume if you know what I mean

    Hope that helps
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    ahh that seems so simple now ! its weird how you can spend an hour trying to figure out soemthing thats simple ! thanks again!
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    (Original post by 2cool)
    ahh that seems so simple now ! its weird how you can spend an hour trying to figure out soemthing thats simple ! thanks again!
    Haha no problem

    Good luck on your test!!

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