I did the work and all... and maybe I shouldn't even be posting this here, but I need the answer tonight, and this has a fair amount of math in it so I thought I could try here... The basis of the question is chemistry, but I guess the main question is if the math was all done right.
I'm guessing you're asked to find the amount of sodium carbonate to evolve a specific amount of gas that meet the given conditions. The idea in solving for it seems good.
The only problem I can see is that when applying the ideal gas law, the gas constant has a value of . Notice the pressure units are in kilo-Pascals not in torr. I don't know whether or not your class takes this into consideration but I'd say the conversion is necessary as I don't think 1 kPa = 1 torr.
Jun 3rd 2008, 02:32 PM
Ahh, I see exactly what you mean, and in reviewing while waiting for a reply, I figured out that I need to use kPa in the PV=nRT equation... Thank you for pointing that out. When I first did this question I was thinking about the combined gas law where any form of pressure unit can be used.