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Homework Help: Does air behave like an ideal gas

  1. Aug 15, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Simple question, does air behave like an ideal gas. I have researched online and flipped through 3 text books but cannot find a simple explanation.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    The closest answer i came up with is air is made up of molecules that behave similar to an ideal gas. I think the problem is im not exactly sure what an ideal gas is. There's a lot of explanations with regards to chemical structure and what not but im an engineering student.
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  3. Aug 15, 2011 #2
    I think you can get away with assuming air is an ideal gas most of the time, as long as temperatures, pressures, and volumes are normal (like room temperature, etc.), but my answer might be kind of vague.
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