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The density of gasoline is 730 kg/m^3 at 0 degree celsius. Its average coefficient of volume expansion is 9.6e-4. If 1.00 gallon of gasoline occupies .00380 m^3, how many extra kilograms of gasoline would you get if you bought 15.0 gal of gasoline at 0 degrees celsuis rather than at 20 degrees celsius from a pump that is not temperature-compensated?

Here is what i did:

since i know the avg coefficient of volume expansion, initial volume, and change in temp, i was able to find the change in volume using the formula:

change in v= (avg. coeff. of volume)(initial volume)(change in temp)

then i found the final volume. Since i know the density of gasoline at 0 degree celsius, i found the density of gasoline at 20 degree celsius. After that, i came up with these numbers:

Final volume: .00387296 m^3

Density of gasoline at 20degree celsius: 716.248 kg

now, i multiplied the initial volume by 15, then multiplied it again by the density to find the # of kg's that the initial volume had. here is the work:

(.0038 m^3)(15)(730 kg/m^3) = answer in kg (at 0 degree celsius)

then i did the same with final volume:

(.00387296)(15)(716.248 kg/m^3) = answer in kg (at 20 degree celsius)

then i took the diff bw the two to find the extra kilograms of gasoline...however my answer is wrong...anyone know where i went wrong?

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# Volume expansion problem, is my concept wrong?

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