Partial Pressure from decomposition

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An atmospheric chemist fills a gas-reaction container with gaseous dinitrogen pentaoxide to a pressure of 130. kPa, and the gas decomposes to nitrogen dioxide and oxygen. What is the partial pressure of nitrogen dioxide, PNO2, (in kPa) when the total pressure is 166 kPa?

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2(N2O5) --> 2(N2O2) + 3(O2)

rate=k[N2O5]

Dalton's law of Partial Pressure

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P1=130Kpa
P2=166Kpa
PNO2=?

Not sure where to start. There is no mention of this in this chapter. I can't use regular gas laws because I am not given any volumes or temperatures.
 

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Think of an equation that relates partial pressure, mole fraction and total pressure.
 
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Not sure where to start. There is no mention of this in this chapter.
Looks like "this chapter" is about chemical equilibria.

Assume volume and temperature are constant - call them V, T. Then how is the total pressure related to the total number of moles of gas in the vessel?

What exactly happens to the N2O5 that's put into the vessel? What does this do to the total number of moles?
 

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