Unit 4 Section A Vocabulary Flashcard

troposphere
the layer of the atmosphere closest to Earth’s surface where most clouds and weather are located
pressure
equals force applied per unit area; in SI, pressure is expressed in pascals (Pa)
International System of Units (SI)
the modernized metric system
base unit
an SI unit that expresses a fundamental physical quantity (such as temperature, length, or mass)
derived unit
an SI unit formed by mathematically combining two or more base units
newton (N)
the SI unit of force that is roughly equal to the force exerted by a mass of 100 g at Earth’s surface
force
a push or pull exerted on an object; expressed by the newton (N), an SI unit
meter
the SI base unit of length
pascal (Pa)
the SI pressure unit; equal to one newton of force applied per square meter, 1 Pa = 1 N/m2
kinetic molecular theory (KMT)
observed gas behavior and gas laws explained by rapidly moving particles (gas molecules) that are relatively far apart and change direction only through collisions with each other or the container walls
Boyle’s Law
the pressure and volume of a gas sample at constant temperature are inversely proportional; PV = k
kelvin temperature scale
the absolute temperature scale, where zero kelvins (0 K) represents the theoretical lowest possible temperature; 0 degrees C = 273 K
absolute zero
the lowest temperature theoretically obtainable, which is 0K (zero kelvins), or -273 degrees C
Charles’ law
the volume of a gas sample at constant pressure is directly proportional to its kelvin temperature; V = kT
Avogadro’s law
equal volumes of all gases, measured at the same temperature and pressure, contain the same number of gas molecules
molar volume
the volume occupied by one mole of a substance; at 0 degree C and 1 atm, the molar volume of any ideal gas is 22.4 L
ideal gas law
the mathematical relationship that describes the behavior of an ideal gas sample, PV = nRT, where P = gas pressure; V = gas volume; n = moles of gas; R = gas constant, 0,0821 L atm/(mol K); and T = kelvin temperature

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