What is the root mean square speed of carbon dioxide molecules at 165◦C?


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John McCann answered

I can't remember right off what the units should be in this formula.

Vrms = sqrt(3RT/M)

R = gas constant

T = temperature

M = mass of molecule (CO2 in this case)

As you see it is an easy plug and chug with the right units, but I do not remember which gas constant to use, but temperature should be in Kelvin as all the gas constants use Kelvin. They all contain mol also, so that M might need to be mol.

You should be more familiar than I with what units are needed here as it has been too many years since I did one of these problems.

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