250 Atmospheres

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The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 19 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

250 Atmospheres

If you detonate 0.525 grams of Nitroglycerin in a 0.400 liter container at 49�C, what will the pressure be in atmospheres immediately after explosion before any deformation of the container has occured?

Such was the question (at least as much as I could remember), and my subsequent answer, on the Chemistry test last Thursday. Amazingly enough, I have talked with at least a dozen people and nobody seems to have the same answer, nor has anyone I talked with heard of someone else having the same answer. Thus, for the time being, I think it is safe to say that very few people, if anyone, got the correct answer.

Needless to say, I’m pretty excited to find out what the answer actually is; at which point I will let you know. Other then that, there are only 3 days of class left before Thanksgiving. That really means I have a full day on Monday (5 hours), a short day on Tuesday (2 hours), and a short day on Wednesday (2 hours, maybe).