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7.5: Action Item

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    Problem Set

    1. If a gas is ideal, would its compressibility factor (Z) be always equal to one?
    2. For a gas with Z=1, would its behavior be ideal?
    3. Take a look at the Standing-Katz Compressibility Factor Plot for Natural Gases. What is the information you need to obtain a value of “Z” for a gas? What happens to “Z” at low pressures? What is the behavior of “Z” at high pressures? What is the compressibility factor of Methane (Pc = 666 psia, Tc = – 117 F) at P = 1000 psia and T = 0 F?
    4. As pressure approaches to zero, what should vdW EOS collapse to? Why? Can you show it?
    5. Speculate on how you could calculate the “Z” factor for a gas using vdW EOS.

    Contributors and Attributions

    • Prof. Michael Adewumi (The Pennsylvania State University). Some or all of the content of this module was taken from Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' OER Initiative.

    This page titled 7.5: Action Item is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Michael Adewumi (John A. Dutton: e-Education Institute) via source content that was edited to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.