Boyle's Law

By: Connor Wagner

Concept of Boyle's Law

Boyle's Law states that the product of the pressure and volume for a gas is a constant for a fixed amount of gas at a fixed temperature. Written in mathematical terms, this law is

P V = constant


The use in Boyle's law

A common use of this law is to predict how a change in pressure will alter the volume of the gas or vice versa. Such a problem can be regarded as a two state problem: the initial state (represented by subscript i) and the final state (represented by subscript f). If a sample of gas initially at pressure Pi and volume Vi is subjected to a change that does not change the amount of gas or the temperature, the final pressure Pf and volume Vf are related to the initial values by the equation

Pi Vi = Pf Vf

Some pictures of Boyle's Law

Practicing Boyle's Law is fun!

Try this!

If a gas at 25c occipies 3.6 liters at a preausre of 1 atm, what will be its volume at a pressure of 2.5 atm?


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