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Thermodynamic problem using ideal gas(please help me (T_T) )

  1. Oct 3, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    can anyone help me with this problem?

    a motorist equips his automobile tire with a relief type valve so that the pressure inside the tire never exceeds 240 KPA(gage). He starts a trip with a pressure of 200 KPA(gage) and a temp. 23'C in the tires.During the long drive the temp. of air in the tire reaches 83'C each tire contains 0.11kg of air.a) the mass of air escaping each tire.b) the pressure of the tire when temp. return to 23'C

    given the answer provide the solution:

    answer a)0.0064kg b)182.48 KPA(gage)

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    for a)
    i use the formula PV=mRT and derive equation:


    i assume volume is constant because on the problem volume is not given
    m1= ((200KJ/m3)(1m3)(1000J/1KJ))/((286.9J/Kg.K)(296K)

    = 240000/102136.4
    = 234980kg

    m= 2.35509kg-2.34980kg
    m= 0.00529kg

    for b)
    i use the formula

    =199 KPA(gage)

    my answer doesn't match the answer provided in the problem.can you please help me....T_T
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  3. Oct 3, 2008 #2


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    Isn't the equation PV=nRT where n is the number of moles of the gas?
  4. Oct 3, 2008 #3

    Andrew Mason

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    You have to determine the number of moles of air in the tire from the mass of air. Then you have to find the volume of the tire using PV = nRT where R is the gas constant 8.314 Joules/mole K.

    What is the number of moles of air in the tire to begin at T = 296 K? Find V (which is the same at all times).

    Then just apply PV=nRT.

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