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Boyle's Law

The animation shows some gas in a cylinder being compressed by a piston. As the volume decreases the pressure in the cylinder increases. All the molecules present in the gas are now compressed into a smaller volume. We assume that the temperature of the gas does not change during the compression. The change of pressure of the gas is represented here by a darkening of the colour in the cylinder.

 
 
 
© Keith Gibbs/John Bourne 2008