# Question #779c9

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Gay-Lussac’s Law is an ideal gas law where at constant volume, the pressure of an ideal gas is directly proportional to its absolute temperature. In other words, Gay-Lussac's Law states that the pressure of a fixed amount of gas at fixed volume is directly proportional to its temperature in kelvins.

Simplified, this means that if you increase the temperature of a gas, the pressure rises proportionally. Pressure and temperature will both increase or decrease simultaneously as long as the volume is held constant.

The law has a simple mathematical form if the temperature is measured on an absolute scale, such as in kelvins. The Gay-Lussac’s Law is expressed as:

Where

This law holds true because temperature is a measure of the average kinetic energy of a substance; when the kinetic energy of a gas increases, its particles collide with the container walls more rapidly and exert more pressure.

Take a sample of gas at STP 1 atm and 273 K and double the temperature.

P = 2 atm

Doubling the temperature, likewise doubled the pressure.