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Distance between water molecules.

  1. Nov 1, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    There are 3.344 x 10^25 molecules in 1 kg (1 litre) of water. What is the distance between the molecules?


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    3. The attempt at a solution
    I found the density of water in kg/m^3, then found # moles in 1 litre (55.6) and then from that using Na I found the # of molecules. Im unsure of where to go next with finding the distance betwee them.
     
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  3. Nov 2, 2009 #2

    ehild

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    Assume that all molecules occupy identical cubic cells. (They vibrate, rotate, do Brown motion, so this volume is not the same as their actual size) How much volume does a molecule own? Imagine that each molecule occupies the centre of a its own cell. What is the length of one side of a cube and what is the distance between the neighbouring centre?

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  4. Nov 2, 2009 #3

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