Sample Problem

The coefficient of volumetric expansion of mercury is 1.8 × 10-4/°C. If the temperature of 10.0 liters of mercury increases by 30°C, how much will the volume of the mercury increase by?


We will use the formula ΔV = βV0 ΔT. We plug in our known values and we get ΔV = (1.8 × 10-4) (10) (30) = .054 liters.