Chemistry 12th Edition

Published by McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 10: 0078021510
ISBN 13: 978-0-07802-151-0

Chapter 5 - Gases - Questions & Problems: 5.5

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We know that Mercury is more dense. The density of Mercury is 13.6 times greater than that of water. We require only a 760 mm column of mercury to pull a vacuum, but we need a 1000 cm column of water to do the same thing. We also know that water it is not suitable because it vaporizes to fill the available space.
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