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Thermal Expansion of Gas in a Tank

  1. Oct 21, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    An underground gasoline tank at 54°F can hold 1100 gallons of gasoline. If the driver of a tanker truck fills the underground tank on a day when the temperature is 82°F, how many gallons, according to his measure on the truck, can he pour in? Assume that the temperature of the gasoline cools to 54°F on entering the tank.

    2. Relevant equations

    (delta)Length = 3(alpha) * Volume(initial) * (delta)Temp
    i found the value alpha for gasoline to be 9.6e-4

    3. The attempt at a solution

    thus the amount he could pour in is 1188.7
    for some reason this isn't the answer though... i'm not really sure what i'm doing wrong
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  3. Oct 21, 2007 #2

    Doc Al

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    The equation for volume expansion will look like this:
    [tex]\Delta V = \beta V_0 \Delta T[/tex]

    where [itex]\beta[/itex] is the volume coefficient of expansion, which would be about 3 times the linear coefficient. Are you sure you found the linear coefficient of expansion for gasoline?
  4. Oct 21, 2007 #3
    You're right.. thank you so much. The 9.6e-4 already accounted for the times 3, and thus was the volume coefficient of expansion. I guess you couldn't really make one for gasoline anyway. Thanks again.
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