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Be careful with moles

Be careful with mole questions because you need to clearly understand that although all moles of an ideal gas have a volume of 24 litres, they weigh very different amounts.


Although gas volumes are the same they can weigh very differently
Identical balloons of different gases have different masses.



You can see from the above that even though helium, as an ideal gas, is atomic (1 atom) and hydrogen, as an ideal gas, is diatomic (2 atoms), hydrogen is still half the weight of helium.

In the Zeppelin balloons, in the 1930s, hydrogen was used (not helium).


Hydrogen is very unstable and is flammable helium is not…
Unfortunately, hydrogen is flammable.


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