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Which postulate of the kinetic molecular theory breaks down under conditions of low temperature? Explain.
Answer: The lower the temperature, the lower the pressure than the ideal gas law predicts.
At lower temperatures, the molecules have reduced kinetic energy. Lower kinetic energy reduces successful collisions and thus reduces reactivity and the number of interactions. The lower the temperature, the lower the pressure than the ideal gas law predicts.