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This app helps you visualize the ideal gas law, pV = nRT and the three special cases of Boyle's, Charles', and Gay-Lussac's laws. By clicking on the three radio buttons, you can show the lines of constant volume, temperature, and pressure. Together, these form a surface in the 3-dimensional pVT space. You can use the two sliders to change your viewpoint in order to explore this surface. Shown here is the result for n = 1 mol of an ideal gas. The Volume range displayed is between 0 and 2 m3, the temperature range is between 0 and 10,000 K, and the pressure range is between 0 and 100,000 Pa.

© W. Bauer and G.D. Westfall, 2013