# gas laws

The gas laws are statements concerning the volume change of gases under the effect of alterations of pressure and temperature. Boyle's
law states that at constant temperature the volume of a given mass of
gas is inversely proportional to the pressure, i.e. *pV* = constant. Charles' law states that at constant
pressure all gases expand by 1/273 of their volume at 0°C for a rise
in temperature of 1°C; i.e. the volume of a given mass of gas at constant
pressure is directly proportional to the absolute temperature. The two laws
may be combined in the expression *pV* is proportional to *T*,
where *T* is the absolute temperature; or, for a gram-molecule of
a gas, *pV* = *RT*. This gives the behavior of a gas when
both temperature and pressure are altered.

The gas laws are not perfectly obeyed by ordinary gases, being strictly true only for an ideal gas. Various equations have been derived which attempt to give a better approximation to the behavior of actual gases. The best known of these is van der Waals' equation of state.