Charles's law explained

len Alfred Ajibola - 16th February, 2023 @ 03:05 PM

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Academic Questions in Chemistry

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With regards to redox reactions, which of the following statement is wrong?

  • A. Redox reaction are examples of chemical change

  • B. Reduction is the gain of electron

  • C. Substances that donates election during chemical reaction are termed reductants

  • D. Oxidizing agents are always reduced in chemical reactions

  • E. Oxidation occurs at the cathode in electrolysis

  • F. Hydrogen is a reducing agent

In chemistry, physical change is associated only with the rearrangement of molecules while the internal composition of the substance remains the same.

  • A. True

  • B. False

_____ electron(s) is a term that describes the number of electron(s) in the outermost shell of an atom.

  • A. Outer

  • B. Excess

  • C. Valence

  • D. Positive

  • E. Negative

  • F. Last

_____ is the negative electrode in electrolysis.

  • A. Anode

  • B. Anion

  • C. Cathode

  • D. Cation

  • E. Ion

  • F. Electrolyte

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The above diagram shows the _____ type of bond.

  • A. Covalent

  • B. Polar covalent

  • C. Coordinate covalent

  • D. Metallic

  • E. Van dear walls

  • F. Ionic

 Metals are referred to as _____ in their impure state.

  • A. Diluted

  • B. Consecrated

  • C. Coloured

  • D. Ores

  • E. Stained

  • F. Strained

Metals generally have the quality to shine, glow, sparkle, glitter, reflect light and be polished. This characteristic of metals is termed _____.

  • A. State

  • B. Ductility

  • C. Luster

  • D. Malleability

  • E. Hardness

  • F. Inflorescence

The _____ spectrometry experiment conducted on isotopic elements gave a confirmation for the existence of isotopes.

  • A. Mole

  • B. Volume

  • C. Weight

  • D. Number of moles

  • E. Mass

  • F. Amount of substance

Charles's Law:

Charles's law, sometimes referred to as the law of volumes, show the effects of absolute temperature on the volume of a gas at constant pressure. This absolute temperature must be measured with the kelvin scale, and not the celcius scale. This is so because the zero value on the kelvin scale corresponds to a complete stoppage of molecular motion; that is, the ideal gas particles becomes fixed in a position, just like solid particles.

Please read more on the state of matter and characteristics of solids here.


The details of Charles's law emphasizes on the expansion of a gas when its temperature is increased at a constant pressure, and its subsequent contraction when the temperature is reduced. In this regard, when a gas becomes heated, its volume increases, and when cooled, the volume decreases proportionately. This is shown below:

Charles Law - Len Academy

Please read the introduction to gas laws here.


From the above image, we can see that the gas occupied a lesser volume (V1) at a lower temperature (T1).

At a higher temperature (T2), the volume occupied by the gas (V2) increases proportionately. We can therefore infer that temperature and volume are directly proportional in the sense that when one (temperature) increases, the other (volume) increases accordingly, and vice versa.

You can read on the concept of heat and temperature here.


Absolute temperature refers to the temperature of an object or a substance on the kelvin scale where zero is taken as absolute zero. This zero point implies that the particles (or molecules) making up the substance exhibit their minimum motion. In short, a substance becomes solid at this temperature and can no longer become colder.

  • The absolute temperature may also be referred to as thermodynamic temperature.


The absolute zero temperature on the celcius scale is -273.15oC. However, calculations involving Charles's law must be solved using the kelvin temperature. In order to convert celsius to kelvin temperature, the value '273.15' should be added to the celcius temperature. For example, if we were to convert 100oC to kelvin temperature, it becomes '100 + 273.15' = 373.15K.

Please see worked examples on Charles law here.


The graph below shows Charles's law through the celsius scale.

Temperature and volume for Charles law - Len Academy


At the absolute zero temperature; that is, zero kelvin or -273.15oC, notice that the volume occupied by the gas is zero (when traced to the right, as shown in the above graph). As the temperature increases, the volume also increases. This is further explained through the kelvin scale (graph) below:


Charles's law Volume and Temperature graph - Len Academy

Please read on Boyle's law explained with its graphical representation here.


From the above graph, notice that the temperature is measured in kelvin. At absolute zero temperature (zero kelvin or 0K), the volume occupied by the gas equals zero. As the temperature increases, the volume also increases proportionately. Therefore, Charles's law uses a straight line graph running through 0 kelvin or -273.15oC to represent the relationship between the volume and temperature of a gas (at constant pressure).

You can read on the physical properties of matter here.


Charles's law states that the volume of a given mass of gas is directly proportional to the absolute temperature of the gas, provided the pressure remains constant.

The French physicist, Jacques Charles (1746-1823) formulated this law in 1780.

Charles's law may also be restated that the kelvin temperature and volume will always be in direct proportion if the pressure exerted on a dry gaseous sample remain constant.

Please read on mole and Avogadro's number here.


With reference to Charles's law, the following equations are derived:

  • V = T

  • V/T = k (constant )..... Equation 1

  • V = Volume, T = Temperature and k = Constant

  • The value of k is dependent on the pressure of gas, amount of the gas and the unit of gas measurement.

  • Increase in Volume = Increase in Temperature 

  • Increase in V1 = Increase in T1

  • Increase in V2 = Increase in T2

  • V1 = Initial Volume

  • T1 = Initial Temperature

  • V2 = Final Volume

  • T2 = Final Temperature

  • Substituting into Equation 1

  • V1/T1 = V2/T2..... Equation 2

  • Cross multiply

  • V1 T2 = V2 T1..... Equation 3

Please see worked examples on Boyles law here.


Various instances of Charles's law have been observed on substances, objects or processes at different temperatures. Examples are:

  • Baking of bread

  • Deodorant sprays, insecticides and perfumes

  • Dented table tennis ball

  • Turkey timer

  • Hot air balloon

  • Basketball

  • Car tyres

  • Helium balloons

  • Pool floats

  • Aerosols

  • Human lungs

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Amazing facts in Chemistry

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J     &     Q

Gold and copper are the only two non-silvery colored metals.

Copper is the only metal that is naturally antibacterial. For this reason, some children utilize 'copper water bottles' in schools

Water freezes faster when it’s warm than when it’s cold

Most element in their pure state exists physically in different forms. For instance, pure carbon can exist as both diamond and graphite. This phenomenon is called allotropy

If you pour a handful of salt into a full glass of water, the water level will go down rather than overflowing the glass.

Similarly, if you mix half liter of water and half litre of alcohol, the total volume of the liquid will be les than one litre

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Below are the physical properties of metals:

  1. They exist in solid state.

  2. The have high densities.

  3. They are good conductors of heat and electricity.

  4. The have the ability to be polished, to glow, sparkle and reflect light.

  5. They can be bent, flattened and made into sheets called foils.

  6. They can be drawn into wires.

  7. Iron undergoes magnetism while most metals are poorly magnetized.

  8. They typical have high melting point.

  9. They generally have high boiling point.

  10. With the exception of lithium, sodium and potassium, most metals are generally hard.

  11. They have the ability to make sound when in contact with other objects or metals.

  12. Please read details on the physical properties of metals here

John Dalton is an English chemist who brought clarity into the composition of matter and the basis for their chemical reactions.

Below are Dalton's Atomic Theory:

  1. All matter consists of tiny indivisible particles called atoms.

  2. Atoms of the same element are identical to each other in every aspect because they have the same shape and mass, while atoms of different elements are different in all respect.

  3. Atoms are indestructible and can neither be created nor destroyed.

  4. Atoms of different elements can combine with each other in simple whole number ratios to form compounds.

  5. Atoms of the same element share similar physical and chemical properties. They can also combine in more than one ratio to form two or more compounds.

Meanwhile, understand that the above theories of John Dalton had been modified.

Please read on Dalton's atomic theory and its modifications here

Periodic Table - Len Academy

The periodic table, also called periodic table of elements or Mendeleev's table, is a table that shows an organized arrangement of the 118 chemical elements according to their atomic number.

Out of the 118 elements; elements 1 - 94 are present in nature while elements 95 - 118 are synthesized artificially.

The manner at which elements are arranged on this table reveals some similarities in their electronic configurations and chemical properties.

Please read on the periodic table of elements here.

A compound composed of iron (Fe) and oxygen (O) was analyzed and found to contain 69.94% iron and 30.06% oxygen. Find the empirical formula of the compound. (Molar mass of Fe=55.85, O=16)

  • Solution:

Step 1: Identify the given parameter from the question.

  • Fe = 69.94%,   O = 30.06%.

  • Empirical formula = Fe?O?


Step 2: Convert the percentages to gram. (just attribute grams to the %).

  • 69.94% = 69.94g while 30.06% = 30.06g


Step 3: To get the mole ratio of each element, convert the gram to moles using the formula (mole = mass/molarmass). Please merorize this formula because we always work with moles in emperical formula.

  • Mole of Fe: 69.94/55.85 = 1.252mol

  • Mole of O: 30.06/16 = 1.879mol


Step 4: Divide both sides by the smallest mole ratio.

  • Iron has the smallest mole ratio in our case, therefore: 1.252/1.252 = 1,    1.879/1.252 = 1.5

  • We now have the formula = Fe1O1.5


Step 5: Multiply each of the moles by the smallest whole number that will convert each into a whole number. (In our case, the number '2' is the smallest whole number that will make '1.5' and '1' whole numbers when multiplied by it.

  • For iron (Fe), we will have 1 x 2 = 2

  • For oxygen (O), we will have 1.5 x 2 = 3


Step 6: Write the empirical formula.

  • The empirical formula= Fe2O3

  • Iron(III)tetraoxosulphate(VI)

In chemistry, hydrocarbons can be classified as either aliphatic or aromatic. Recently, both classifications of hydrocarbon were based on their structure rather than their origin.

Aliphatic hydrocarbons are put into three main groups according to the types of bonds they possess. These are:

  1. Alkanes

  2. Alkenes

  3. Alkynes

They are shown in the image below:

Alkanes, Alkenes and Alkynes - Len Academy

It's important to note the followings:

  • Alkanes have single bonds (only) in their structures.

  • Alkenes always have a carbon-carbon double bond present in their structure.

  • Alkynes always have a carbon-carbon triple bond present in their structure.


Aromatic hydrocarbons are classified into:

  • Arenes: They contain benzene ring as a structural unit. Below is the structure of a benzene ring.

Benzene Ring - Len Academy


  • Nonbenzenoid aromatic hydrocarbons: They possess special stability but lack a benzene ring as a structural unit.