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Homework Help: Volume Expansion Thermodynamics Question

  1. Nov 24, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The average coefficient of volume expansion for carbon tetrachloride is 5.81 multiplied by 10^(-4) (°C)-1. If a 47.5 gal steel container is filled completely with carbon tetrachloride when the temperature is 10.0°C, how much will spill over when the temperature rises to 27.5°C?

    2. Relevant equations

    Use the equation of volume expansion

    3. The attempt at a solution The answer I got was 0.438 gal but I know that this is wrong.
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  3. Nov 24, 2009 #2

    Andrew Mason

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    Check your math. I get .483 gal. What is the equation for volume expansion that you are using?

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