I just want to know, what was the procedure through which the value of one mole of a substance was considered as a an aggregate of $6.023\cdot10^{23}$ particles.

Secondly, how do we calculate the volume occupied by one mole of gas?


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There's a nice Scientific American article that provides an interesting historical perspective on Avogadro's Number. They go on to point out that one of the early accurate determinations was based on the first accurate measurement of the charge on an electron. The charge on a mole of electrons (1 Faraday) had been known for some time. Dividing the latter by the former yielded Avogadro's Number.

As to the volume of 1 mole of gas at STP, imagine the following experiment:

1) weigh out 1 mole of oxygen gas (32 gm)

2) fill a balloon with this weight of gas

3) attach a pressure gauge to the balloon and expand or contract the balloon's volume until the gauge reads 1 atmosphere

4) Immerse the balloon in a water tank and measure the volume of water displaced - 22.4 liters

  • $\begingroup$ very accurate and keen and answer bro thanks a lot i tried it and it worked really fascinating experiment and really graceful answer $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 15:45

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