PROBLEM 35P

A snorkeler with a lung capacity of 6.3 L inhales a lungful of air at the surface, where the pressure is 1.0 atm. The snorkeler then descends to a depth of 25 m, where the pressure increases to 3.5 atm. What is the capacity of the snorkeler's lungs at this depth? (Assume constant temperature.)

Problem 35P

A snorkeler with a lung capacity of 6.3 L inhales a lungful of air at the surface, where the pressure is 1.0 atm. The snorkeler then descends to a depth of 25 m, where the pressure increases to 3.5 atm. What is the capacity of the snorkeler's lungs at this depth? (Assume constant temperature.)

Step by Step Solution

Step 1 of 2

According to Boyle's law, at constant temperature, pressure is inversely proportional to its volume of a certain gas.

...............(1)

Rearrange the formula (1)

...........(2)

= initial pressure of the gas

= Initial volume of the gas

= Final pressure of the gas

= final volume of the gas.