What is the volume in cubic inches?According to Boyle’s law, the volume of a gas, at a constant temperature, varies inversely with pressure applied to it. If the volume of a gas is 120 cubic...

What is the volume in cubic inches?

According to Boyle’s law, the volume of a gas, at a constant temperature, varies inversely with pressure applied to it. If the volume of a gas is 120 cubic inches when the pressure is 30 pounds per square inch, find the volume in cubic inches when the pressure is 40 pounds per square inch.

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justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

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The volume of a gas varies inversely with the pressure applied.

Let us denote volume as V and the pressure applied as P.

Now as they are inversely related. V = k/P

Now for a pressure of 30 pounds per square inch, the volume is 120 cubic inch.

=> 120 = k / 30

=> k = 120*30 = 3600

So we have the relation between volume and pressure as V = 3600/P

For P = 40 pounds per square inch, V = 3600 / 40 = 90.

Therefore the volume is 90 cubic inches.

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neela | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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At a constant temperature  the volume V is inversely proportional to pressure P.

=>  P = K/V, where K is the constant of proportion.

Or PV = K.

Given  P = 30 pounds / c i, when  V = 120 sq i.

SO PV = K gives: 30*120 p/ in = K. So K = 3600 P/in.

Therefore the  volume of the gas when P = 40 p/ sq in, is given by:  40*V = K = 3600p/in.

V = 3600/40 = 90 P/ sq in.

Therefore the volume of the gas when pressure  = 40p/sq in is 90 Pounds/Sq in or 90 cubic inches.

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