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The van der Waals equation is useful for high-pressure gases where the [[ideal gas law]] is inaccurate.
 
The van der Waals equation is useful for high-pressure gases where the [[ideal gas law]] is inaccurate.
 
==See also==
 
* [[Physics]]
 
* [[Thermodynamics]]
 
* [[van der Waals force]]
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 10:44, 6 June 2008

The van der Waals equation is an equation of state in thermodynamics relating the physical quantities pressure, volume, temperature, and van der Waals forces in a gas.

Equation

The law states: \[\left(P-\alpha\frac{n^2}{V^2}\right)(V-\beta n)=nRT\] where $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are dependent on the gas, $V$ is the volume, $P$ is the pressure, $n$ is the number of moles of gas, $R$ is the universal gas constant, $T$ is the temperature.

The van der Waals equation is useful for high-pressure gases where the ideal gas law is inaccurate.

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