Questions tagged [van-der-waals-behavior]

Questions with substantial discussion on the behavior of real gases using the van der Waals model (as opposed to just calculations with the van der Waals equation, or a casual reference to the van der Waals model).

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High pressure modification to the van der Waals equation

I get that a gas behaves non-ideally under high pressure and low temperature conditions. At high pressures, the density of a gas increases and attraction forces operate among molecules due to short ...
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How are the Van der Waals constants a and b related to each other?

I know that the constant $a$ represents the attractive forces between the molecules while the constant $b$ represents the size/repulsion between them. Does that mean that $a$ and $b$ are "...
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Does the van der Waals equation remain valid when repulsive intermolecular forces dominate?

The van der Waals equation for a real gas is: $$RT =\left(p+\frac{a}{V_\mathrm{m}^2}\right)(V_\mathrm{m}-b)$$ We have understood this formula by saying that $a$ is the term which is for force of ...
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Van der Waals real gas equation

Van der Waals corrected the ideal gas equation for real gases and gave the following equation: $$\left(p+\frac{an²}{V^2}\right)\left(V-nb\right)=nRT$$ I’m very confused about one aspect of this ...