If the pressure on a gas is decreased by one-half, how large will the volume change be?

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Jun 13, 2017

Answer:

The volume will increase by a factor of #2#.

Explanation:

Boyle's Law states that the pressure of a gas is inversely proportional to its volume, assuming that all other variables are constant.

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Modeled by the equation: #P_"1"V_"1"=P_"2"V_"2"#

where:

  • #P# is the pressure in whatever units you desire. The units must be used consistently. I prefer atmospheric pressure .

  • #V# is the volume of the gas in whatever units you desire. The units must be used consistently. I prefer litres.

  • the subscripts #1# and #2# are before and after the change, respectively.

Due to the inverse proportion of the pressure of the gas and its volume, if the pressure was decreased to #1/2# of what it was, that results in the volume increasing by a factor of #2#.

Hope this helps :)