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Sulfur-containing compounds give skunks their potent smell. One of the principal smelly compounds in skunk spray is (E)-2-butene-1-thiol, C4H7S.

a. What is the root-mean-square (rms) molecular speed of a gas molecule of this compound at 25oC?

b. Using the value from part a, calculate how long it would take a molecule of C4H7S to reach your nose if you were 150 m from the skunk.

c. Does the calculation that you performed in part b provide an accurate estimate for the length of time it would take for the molecule to travel 150 m, or is there something that was overlooked in performing the calculation?

a. What is the root-mean-square (rms) molecular speed of a gas molecule of this compound at 25oC?

b. Using the value from part a, calculate how long it would take a molecule of C4H7S to reach your nose if you were 150 m from the skunk.

c. Does the calculation that you performed in part b provide an accurate estimate for the length of time it would take for the molecule to travel 150 m, or is there something that was overlooked in performing the calculation?

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