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Problem: A catalytic converter in an automobile uses a palladium or platinum catalyst to convert carbon monoxide gas to carbon dioxide according to the following reaction: 2 CO(g) + O2(g) → 2 CO2(g)A chemist researching the effectiveness of a new catalyst combines a 2.0:1.0 mole ratio mixture of carbon monoxide and oxygen gas (respectively) over the catalyst in a 2.45-L flask at a total pressure of 750 torr and a temperature of 552˚C. When the reaction is complete, the pressure in the flask has dropped to 556 torr. What percentage of the carbon monoxide was converted to carbon dioxide?

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P1n1=P2n2

rearrange to arrive at:

n2=n1(P2P1)n2=(2.0 mol CO + 1.0 mol O2)(556 torr750 torr)

n2 = 2.224 mol

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A catalytic converter in an automobile uses a palladium or platinum catalyst to convert carbon monoxide gas to carbon dioxide according to the following reaction: 2 CO(g) + O2(g) → 2 CO2(g)

A chemist researching the effectiveness of a new catalyst combines a 2.0:1.0 mole ratio mixture of carbon monoxide and oxygen gas (respectively) over the catalyst in a 2.45-L flask at a total pressure of 750 torr and a temperature of 552˚C. When the reaction is complete, the pressure in the flask has dropped to 556 torr. What percentage of the carbon monoxide was converted to carbon dioxide?

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