Unformatted text preview: under standard conditions can usually also exist in the gaseous state, where they are commonly referred to as vapors Some general characteristics of gasses which distinguish them from liquids or solids : • gasses expand spontaneously to fill their container (the volume of a gas equals the volume of its container) • gasses can be readily compressed (and its volume will decrease) • gasses form homogenous mixtures with each other regardless of the identities or relative properties of the component gases (e.g. water and gasoline vapors will form a homogenous mixture, whereas the liquids will not) • The individual molecules are relatively far apart 1. In air, the molecules take up about 0.1% of the total volume (the rest is empty space) 2. Each molecule, therefore, behaves as though it were isolated (as a result, each gas has similar characteristics)...
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- Fall '10
- Chemistry, Carbon monoxide, Nitrous oxide, Colorless