State Boyle's law and explain an experiment to demonstrate the relation between pressure and volume.defination of boyle's law and give a brief description of the experiment that demonstrate...

State Boyle's law and explain an experiment to demonstrate the relation between pressure and volume.

defination of boyle's law and give a brief description of the experiment that demonstrate relation between pressure and volume.

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Robert Boyle (1627-1691) English physicist and chemist, first determined that compressibility of air in a closed system varied with pressure in a simple inverse relationship.  If pressure doubled, volume halved.  The first and second states of a closed system's pressure and volume can be stated as

P1V1 = P2V2

Otherwise known as Boyle's Law.  In 1662, he performed the experiment to esatblish this principle by trapping air in the closed end of a tube shaped like a J, and added a known quantity of mercury ot increase the pressure, and noted the change in the volume.

Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, I. Asimov, pg. 94, 1964.

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