# Questions tagged [equation-of-state]

Questions related to a thermodynamic equation describing the state of matter under a given set of physical conditions.

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### Why are equations of state for a non-ideal gas so elusive?

The ideal gas equation (daresay "law") is a fascinating combination of the work of dozens of scientists over a long period of time. I encountered Van der Waals interpretation for non-ideal gases ...
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### What is a rigorous definition of gas volume, and how is the Van der Waals equation derived?

I am confused about the justification for the corrections to the ideal gas law in the Van der Waals equation: $$p=\frac{nRT}{V-nb}-a\left(\frac{n}{V}\right)^2$$ I understand that the equation ...
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### Why is excluded volume in van der Waals equation divided by 2?

Source: Physics Stack Exchange The excluded volume calculated based on the diagram is 8 times the volume of a molecule. The volume is then divided by 2 to give the so-called excluded volume per ...
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### How to use a modified Peng-Robinson equation to calculate a density?

I'm trying to use the Peng-Robinson-Stryjek-Vera 2 (PRSV2) Equation of State to calculate the density of a compound, in this example: methanol. At ambient temperature and pressure, shouldn't I be able ...
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### Cohesive Energy Density table request

Quick question: Any one knows a resource for Cohesive Energy Density of some organic materials ? I am not looking for any specific molecule, actually I want to plan my project based on available ...
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### What are analytical expressions for the isothermal change of Gibbs energy?

The change of Gibbs energy at constant temperature and species numbers, $\Delta G$, is given by an integral $\int_{p_1}^{p_2}V\,{\mathrm d}p$. For the ideal gas law, $p\,V=n\,RT$, this comes down to ...
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### How to determine if pressure surpasses capacity with the van der Waals equation of state?

I have to decide whether a $\pu{20 L}$ container with $\pu{0.8 kg}$ ethane can withstand the pressure at $\pu{373.15 K}$. The following information is given: \begin{align} b &= \pu{6.448x10^-2 ...
I have found it mentioned in various sources that the value of R depends on the amount of substance $n$ in the ideal gas equation: $PV=nRT$ If this is true, it would imply that $R$ is a function of $n$...