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Unit: Kinetic theory

4A: Though we may not be able to always visualize them, gases are comprised of atoms and molecules. We’ll explore the molecular behavior that determines the pressure and temperature of a gas. In addition, we will discuss the first law of thermodynamics and heat capacity.

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Properties of gases can be modeled using some relatively simple equations, which we can relate to the behavior of individual gas molecules. We will learn about the ideal gas law, vapor pressure, partial pressure, and the Maxwell Boltzmann distribution.