CoreChem:Kinetic Theory of Gases
At the beginning of Chap. 2 it was mentioned that many of the properties of solids, liquids, and gases could be accounted for if we assumed that substances are made of atoms or molecules which are constantly in motion. Boyle’s law and the other gas laws have now given us much more quantitative information about gases than we had in Chap. 2, and it is worth asking whether with our previous model we can make quantitative predictions in agreement with these laws. In answering this question, we will also gain important insights into the nature of temperature and of heat energy.