Boyle's law, or Boyle-Mariotte law is a law about ideal gases. It is named after Robert Boyle and Edme Mariotte, who found it, in the second half of the 17th century. Boyle found out that in a closed system, the absolute pressure and volume of a gas are inversely proportional, if the temperature is kept constant. The law was named after chemist and physicist Robert Boyle, who published the original law in 1662. The law itself can be stated as follows:
For a fixed amount of an ideal gas kept at a fixed temperature, P [pressure] and V [volume] are inversely proportional (while one doubles, the other halves).—
- Levine, Ira. N 1978. Physical Chemistry. McGraw-Hill
- Levine, Ira. N. 1978. p12 gives the original definition.
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