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Animated Gas Lab

The Animated Gas Lab is a series of computer animations which demonstrate all the possible combinations of the ideal gas law or equation of state. Gases have various properties which we can observe with our senses, including the gas pressure, temperature, mass, and the volume which contains the gas. Careful, scientific observation has determined that these variables are related to one another and the values of these properties determine the state of the gas. In a scientific manner, we can fix any two of the four primary properties and study the nature of the relationship between the other two by varying one and observing the variation of the other. The variations are demonstrated using computer graphics in the animated gas lab.

Because of the highly graphical nature of the computer animations at the Animated Gas Lab, we are unable to provide an equivalent presentation for non-graphical browsers. However, all the information demonstrated on these pages is available in a non-graphical form as follows:

Equation of State (Ideal Gas)
Specific Volume
Gas Properties Definitions
Air Properties Definitions
Boyle's Law
Charles and Gay-Lussac's Law
Kinetic Theory of Gases

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Editor: Tom Benson
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Last Updated: Jul 29 2008

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