- the principle that, for relatively low pressures, the pressure of an ideal gas kept at constant temperature varies inversely with the volume of the gas.
Compare Gay-Lussac's law.
Origin of Boyle's law
named after R. Boyle
Also called Mariotte's law.
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- the principle that the pressure of a gas varies inversely with its volume at constant temperature
Word Origin for Boyle's law
C18: named after Robert Boyle
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named for Irish-born chemist and physicist Robert Boyle (1627-1691), who first published it in 1662.
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- The principle that at a constant temperature the volume of a confined ideal gas varies inversely with its pressure.
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- The principle that the volume of a given mass of an ideal gas is inversely proportional to its pressure, as long as temperature remains constant. Boyle's law is a subcase of the ideal gas law. Compare Charles's law.
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