Boyle's Law
The Relationship Between Pressure and Volume in Gases
Boyle’s Law is a fundamental principle in the study of gases that describes how pressure and volume are related when temperature remains constant.
In simple terms, as the volume of a gas decreases, its pressure increases, and as the volume increases, the pressure decreases.
\({P_1}\) \({V_1}\) = \({P_2}\) \({V_2}\)
Where:
Two key details to keep in mind when it comes to Boyle's Law.
Inverse Proportionality: As the volume of a gas decreases, its pressure increases, and as the volume increases, the pressure decreases.
Boyle’s Law only applies when the gas temperature remains constant.
No, Boyle’s Law specifically applies to gases. Liquids and solids do not compress in the same way gases do, so the relationship between pressure and volume is different.
Boyle’s Law assumes the temperature remains constant. In real-world situations with extremely high or low temperatures, other gas laws may be more appropriate to describe the behavior of the gas.
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