# PV=nRT problem

## Homework Statement

If 1.15 moles of an ideal gas has a pressure of 3.60 atm, and a volume of 81.37 L, what is the temperature of the sample in degrees Celsius?

## Homework Equations

PV=nRT
p = pressure
v = volume
n = number of moles
r = 0.08206 L atm/(mol K)
T = ?

## The Attempt at a Solution

So I did the problem by :
3.60 (81.37) = (1.15)(0.08206)(T)
I found T to be 20.9 degrees K. I converted the temperature from K to C by doing K = C + 273 so 20.9 = C + 273. So the temperate in C is -252 degrees. However, I am still getting this wrong in the online homework. Can anyone help me figure out mistake?

Chestermiller
Mentor

## Homework Statement

If 1.15 moles of an ideal gas has a pressure of 3.60 atm, and a volume of 81.37 L, what is the temperature of the sample in degrees Celsius?

## Homework Equations

PV=nRT
p = pressure
v = volume
n = number of moles
r = 0.08206 L atm/(mol K)
T = ?

## The Attempt at a Solution

So I did the problem by :
3.60 (81.37) = (1.15)(0.08206)(T)
I found T to be 20.9 degrees K. I converted the temperature from K to C by doing K = C + 273 so 20.9 = C + 273. So the temperate in C is -252 degrees. However, I am still getting this wrong in the online homework. Can anyone help me figure out mistake?
You did the arithmetic incorrectly. That's all.

Chet

You did the arithmetic incorrectly. That's all.

Chet

I have done the problem multiple times and am unsure of where my arithmetic problem is.

Chestermiller
Mentor
I have done the problem multiple times and am unsure of where my arithmetic problem is.
Well, your equation should give the correct temperature, which is in the 200's. I guess the only what we can help you further is if you show the individual steps in your arithmetic. What do you get for the product of PV? When you divided that by R what do you get? When you divide that by the number of moles, what do you get?

Chet

Well, your equation should give the correct temperature, which is in the 200's. I guess the only what we can help you further is if you show the individual steps in your arithmetic. What do you get for the product of PV? When you divided that by R what do you get? When you divide that by the number of moles, what do you get?

Chet

So I did (3.60)(81.37)/(1.15)(0.08206) into my calculator in order to get T in Kelvins.

Chestermiller
Mentor
So I did (3.60)(81.37)/(1.15)(0.08206) into my calculator in order to get T in Kelvins.
Yes. That's correct. When I did it on my calculator, I got 3104K. That 0.08206 is in the denominator, not in the numerator. You need to be careful with your parenthesis.

Chet

SteamKing
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
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I guess the temperature wasn't in the 200s after all. The surface of the sun is about 5700 K, so this gas sample is quite the hot potato.

Chestermiller
Mentor
I guess the temperature wasn't in the 200s after all. The surface of the sun is about 5700 K, so this gas sample is quite the hot potato.
Ha!! I noticed that. That's what I get for trying to do it in my head.

Chet