Chemistry The Gas Laws

Topics Covered :

● The Gas Laws
● Boyle's Law
● Charles' Law
● Gay Lussac's Law
● Avogadro's Law

The Gas Laws :

`=>` The first reliable measurement on properties of gases was made by Anglo-Irish scientist Robert Boyle in 1662.

● The law which he formulated is known as Boyle’s Law.

`=>` Later on attempts to fly in air with the help of hot air balloons motivated Jaccques Charles and Joseph Lewis Gay Lussac to discover additional gas laws.

`=>` Contribution from Avogadro and others provided lot of information about gaseous state.

Boyle’s Law (Pressure-Volume Relationship) :

`text(Definition :)` At constant temperature, the pressure of a fixed amount (i.e., number of moles `n`) of gas varies inversely with its volume. This is known as Boyle’s law.

`=>` Mathematically, it can be written as

`p prop 1/V` ( at constant T and n) ...........(1)

`=> p = k_1 1/V` ......................(2)

where `k_1` is the proportionality constant.

● The value of constant `k_1` depends upon the amount of the gas, temperature of the gas and the units in which `p` and `V` are expressed.

● On rearranging equation (2) we obtain

`pV = k_1` .............(3)

● It means that at constant temperature, product of pressure and volume of a fixed amount of gas is constant.

`=>` If a fixed amount of gas at constant temperature `T` occupying volume `V_1` at pressure `p_1` undergoes expansion, so that volume becomes `V_2` and pressure becomes `p_2`, then according to Boyle’s law :

`p_1V_1 = p_2V_2 = ` constant ...........(4)

`=> p_1/p_2 = V_2/V_1` ..............(5)

`=>` Figure shows two conventional ways of graphically presenting Boyle’s law.

`=>` Fig. is the graph of equation (3) at different temperatures.

● The value of `k_1` for each curve is different because for a given mass of gas, it varies only with temperature.

● Each curve corresponds to a different constant temperature and is known as an `text(isotherm)` (constant temperature plot).

● Higher curves correspond to higher temperature.

● It should be noted that volume of the gas doubles if pressure is halved.

● Table gives effect of pressure on volume of `0.09` mol of `CO_2` at `300 K`.

`=>` Fig above represents the graph between `p` and `1/V`.

● It is a straight line passing through origin.

● However at high pressures, gases deviate from Boyle’s law and under such conditions a straight line is not obtained in the graph.

`=>` Experiments of Boyle, in a quantitative manner prove that gases are highly compressible because when a given mass of a gas is compressed, the same number of molecules occupy a smaller space.

● This means that gases become denser at high pressure.

● A relationship can be obtained between density and pressure of a gas by using Boyle’s law :

● By definition, density `‘d’` is related to the mass `‘m’` and the volume `‘V’` by the relation `d = m/V`.

● If we put value of `V` in this equation from Boyle’s law equation, we obtain the relationship.

`d = (m/k_1) p equiv k'p`

`=>` This shows that at a constant temperature, pressure is directly proportional to the density of a fixed mass of the gas.

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Q 3046112973

A balloon is filled with hydrogen at room temperature. It will burst if pressure exceeds `0.2` bar. If at 1 bar pressure the gas occupies `2.27 L` volume, up to what volume can the balloon be expanded ?


According to Boyle’s Law `p_1V_1 = p_2V_2`

If `p_1` is 1 bar, `V_1` will be `2.27 L`

If `p_2 = 0.2` bar, then `V_2 = (p_1 V_1)/(p_2)`

`=> V_2 = (text{1 bar} xx 2.27 L)/(0.2) = 11.35 L`

Since balloon bursts at 0.2 bar pressure, the volume of balloon should be less than 11.35 L.

Charles’ Law (Temperature - Volume Relationship) :

`=>` Charles and Gay Lussac performed several experiments on gases independently to improve upon hot air balloon technology.

`text(Definition :)` For a fixed mass of a gas at constant pressure, volume of a gas increases on increasing temperature and decreases on cooling.

● They found that for each degree rise in temperature, volume of a gas increases by `1/(273.15)` of the original volume of the gas at `0 °C`.

● Thus if volumes of the gas at `0 °C` and at `t °C` are `V_0` and `V_t` respectively, then

`V_t = V_0 + t/(273.15) V_0`

`=> V_t = V_0 (1 + t/273.15)`

`=> V_t = V_0 ((273.15+t)/273.15)` ..........(6)

`=>` At this stage, we define a new scale of temperature such that `t °C` on new scale is given by `T = 273.15 + t` and `0 °C` will be given by `T_0 = 273.15`.

● This new temperature scale is called the Kelvin temperature scale or Absolute temperature scale.

● Thus we add `273` (more precisely `273.15`) to the celsius temperature to obtain temperature at Kelvin scale.

`=>` If we write `T_t = 273.15 + t` and `T_0 = 273.15` in the equation (5.6) we obtain the relationship

`V_t = V_0 (T_t/T_0)`

`=> V_t/V_0 = T_t/T_0` .......(7)

● Thus, we can write a general equation as follows :

`V_2/V_1 = T_2/T_1` .......(8)

`=> V_1/T_1 = V_2/T_2`

`=> V/T =` const ........(9)

Thus `V = k_2T` ........(10)

`=>` The value of constant `k_2` is determined by the pressure of the gas, its amount and the units in which volume `V` is expressed.

`text(Statement of Charles’ Law :)` Pessure remaining constant, the volume of a fixed mass of a gas is directly proportional to its absolute temperature.

● Charles found that for all gases, at any given pressure, graph of volume vs temperature (in celsius) is a straight line and on extending to zero volume, each line intercepts the temperature axis at `-273.15 °C`.

● Slopes of lines obtained at different pressure are different but at zero volume all the lines meet the temperature axis at `-273.15 °C`.

● Each line of the volume vs temperature graph is called `text(isobar)`.

`=>` Observations of Charles can be interpreted if we put the value of `t` in equation (5.6) as `-273.15 °C`.

● We can see that the volume of the gas at `-273.15 °C` will be zero.

● This means that gas will not exist.

● In fact all the gases get liquified before this temperature is reached.

● The lowest hypothetical or imaginary temperature at which gases are supposed to occupy zero volume is called `text(Absolute zero)`.

`text(Note :)` All gases obey Charles’ law at very low pressures and high temperatures.

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Q 3036123072

On a ship sailing in pacific ocean where temperature is `23.4 °C` , a balloon is filled with `2 L` air. What will be the volume of the balloon when the ship reaches Indian ocean, where temperature is `26.1°C` ?


`V_1 = 2L , T_2 = 26.1+273 = 299.1 K`

`T_1 = (23.4+273)K = 296.4 K`

From Charles law

`V_1/T_1 = V_2/T_2`

`=> V_2 = (V_1 T_2)/T_1`

`=> V_2 = (2L xx 2)/(296)`

`= 2L xx 1.009`

` = 2.018 L`

Gay Lussac’s Law (Pressure- Temperature Relationship) :

`=>` Pressure in well inflated tyres of automobiles is almost constant, but on a hot summer day this increases considerably and tyre may burst if pressure is not adjusted properly.

`=>` During winters, on a cold morning one may find the pressure in the tyres of a vehicle decreased considerably.

`=>` The mathematical relationship between pressure and temperature was given by Joseph Gay Lussac and is known as Gay Lussac’s law.

`text(Statement :)` At constant volume, pressure of a fixed amount of a gas varies directly with the temperature.

● Mathematically,

`p prop T`

`=> p/T` = const

`=>` This relationship can be derived from Boyle’s law and Charles’ Law.

`=>` Pressure vs temperature (Kelvin) graph at constant molar volume is shown in Fig.

● Each line of this graph is called `text(isochore)`.

Avogadro Law (Volume - Amount Relationship) :

`=>` In 1811 Italian scientist Amedeo Avogadro tried to combine conclusions of Dalton’s atomic theory and Gay Lussac’s law of combining volumes which is now known as Avogadro law.

`text(Statement :)` Equal volumes of all gases under the same conditions of temperature and pressure contain equal number of molecules.

● This means that as long as the temperature and pressure remain constant, the volume depends upon number of molecules of the gas or in other words amount of the gas.

● Mathematically, we can write

`V prop n` where `n` is the number of moles of the gas

`=> V = k_4 n` ...........(11)

`=>` The number of molecules in one mole of a gas has been determined to be `6.022 ×10^(23)` and is known as Avogadro constant.

`=>` Since volume of a gas is directly proportional to the number of moles; one mole of each gas at standard temperature and pressure (STP) will have same volume.

● Standard temperature and pressure means `273.15 K (0°C)` temperature and `1` bar (i.e., exactly `10^5` pascal) pressure.

● These values approximate freezing temperature of water and atmospheric pressure at sea level.

● At STP molar volume of an ideal gas or a combination of ideal gases is `22.71098 L mol^(–1)`.

`=>` Molar volume of some gases is given in (Table ).

`=>` Number of moles of a gas can be calculated as follows

`n = m/M` .......(5.12)

Where `m` = mass of the gas under investigation and `M` = molar mass. Thus,

`V = k_4 m/M` ............(13)

Equation (5.13) can be rearranged as follows :

`M = k_4 m/V = k_4 d` ............(14)

Here ‘d’ is the density of the gas.

● We can conclude from equation (14) that the density of a gas is directly proportional to its molar mass.

`=>` A gas that follows Boyle’s law, Charles’ law and Avogadro law strictly is called an ideal gas.

● Such a gas is hypothetical.

● It is assumed that intermolecular forces are not present between the molecules of an ideal gas.

● Real gases follow these laws only under certain specific conditions when forces of interaction are practically negligible.

● In all other situations these deviate from ideal behaviour.