The "no-name" Law

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As far as the ChemTeam knows, this law does not have a name because it was never really "discovered."

Gives the relationship between amount and temperature when pressure and volume are held constant. Remember amount is measured in moles. Also, since volume is one of the constants, that means the container holding the gas is rigid-walled and inflexible.

If the amount of gas in a container is increased, the temperature must decrease.

If the amount of gas in a container is decreased, the temperature must increase.


Suppose the amount is increased. This means there are more gas molecules and this will increase the number of impacts on the container walls. This means the gas pressure inside the container will increase, since the volume is constant. However, this cannot be allowed since pressure also remains constant. Lowering the temperature will cause the molecules to move slower, thus lessening the impacts on the container walls and reducing the pressure to the original value.

The mathematical form of the "no-name" Law is: nT = k

Let n1 and T1 be a amount-temperature pair of data at the start of an experiment. If the amount is changed to a new value called n2, then the temperature will change to T2.

We know this: n1T1 = k

And we know this: n2T2 = k

Since k = k, we can conclude that n1T1 = n2T2.

This equation of n1T1 = n2T2 will be very helpful in solving "no-name" Law problems. If you ever see one!

The "no-name" Law is an inverse mathematical relationship. This means that, as one variable (either n or T) changes in value, the other changes in the opposite direction. The constant k remains the same value.

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