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Ideal Gas Law Simulation


Ideal Gas Law Simulation

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An effective tool to help students learn about all aspects of the ideal gas law. One of the best web gas law simulations.
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Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Java Applet
CAUTION: Java Applets may not run on all browsers
Date Added to MERLOT: February 19, 2001
Date Modified in MERLOT: February 15, 2017
Submitter: Tom Greenbowe


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Primary Audience: College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: can't use Netscape, must use internet Explorer
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
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Avatar for Vanessa Castleberry
4 years ago

Vanessa Castleberry (Faculty)

The application is quite good.  I found navigating through the graphs and situation responses a little unclear and clunky.  Having the instructions pop up immediately upon entering the site would make the experience better instead of them being in a link.

Technical Remarks:

I liked the flexibility/variables offered by the site.  The way it is constructed without much explanation would require that it be used as a demonstration device in the classroom, and not left to the student as a tutorial, without sufficient background understanding.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes

Avatar for yasna aguirre esse
5 years ago

yasna aguirre esse (Faculty)

Una muy buena herramienta tecnologica para el aprendizaje de los  alumnos en aula, de facil uso y aplicación . Se observa en forma interactiva como se comporta la ley de gases ideales al ir variando la temperatura, presión y numero de moles.

Used in course

Avatar for Rebecca Sarkissian
7 years ago

Rebecca Sarkissian (Student)

I only spent like 3 minutes on this page because it contained little information about the simulation, just the visual simulation itself. I think the simulation is a great idea, but I think because of the lack of content it was hard tounderstand the simulation itself. I wish there was a Key that showed what each label represented. Also I think if there was an introduction about what this simulation would show, why it is the way it is, and any background information would make it great. I think with that in mind, this simualtion would be a great visual aid in helping students understand about the material gas.

Technical Remarks:

I was instantly turned off by the lack of information with this simulation
Time spent reviewing site: 3 mintues

Avatar for Brandi Miller
8 years ago

Brandi Miller (Student)

Great simulation; its easy enough to understand that it can be used for all grade levels and science courses.

Avatar for Damian Khan
8 years ago

Damian Khan (Faculty)

Useful visualization tool when discussing ideal gases but the realtionship feature did not always work.

Avatar for Noah Gardner
8 years ago

Noah Gardner (Student)

Great simulation of the ideal gas law that can clearly show the relationships between different variables. Would want to use with some sort of assignment or guided learning at first and then allow students to do self guided learning.

Avatar for Deb Noteboom
11 years ago

Deb Noteboom (Faculty)

Excellent simulation for Gas Laws. Shows how the individual speed of molecules
vary, but average does not.
Used in course

Avatar for Prem Sattsangi
11 years ago

Prem Sattsangi (Faculty)

Explains Gas Law nicely.
Used in course

Avatar for Nate McClanahan
13 years ago

Nate McClanahan (Student)

A very good and well done simulation of the Ideal Gas Law. All of the buttons
and sliders work. The interaction between the molecules and the walls as well
as with each other was very well done, with molecules changing direction with
even the slightest contact between one another. This simulation would enhance
the efectivenss of the teachers ability to teach and the students ability to

Technical Remarks:

It is definately easy to use and almost anyone could start it up and within five
minutes know how to use the program.
Used in course

Avatar for Scott Sinex
13 years ago

Scott Sinex (Faculty)

An excellent simulation of gas particle motion. Needs to be shown to students
with guidance to use. Can discover relationships of variables.

Technical Remarks:

Beware- students can defy the law of conservation of matter if they manipulate
moles (n) and temperature since PV=nRT, the math allows it!
Used in course

Avatar for Kathy Flynn
14 years ago

Kathy Flynn (Faculty)

I have played with this simulation for 3 hours over the course of a week. I will
definitely use this in my classroom to introduce gas law variables and kinetic
energy. This simulation is easy to use but the students will need guidance in
establishing the relationships between the variables. The attached worksheet
helps the student focus on establishing the relationships between variables.
Excellent simulation.

Technical Remarks:

The worksheet has the greatest impact when used with Excel. The students can see
the straight line relationships and can use the equation for the line
immediately to answer questions in the worksheet. The help menu was a bit hidden
for me. But I found it eventually.
Used in course

Avatar for Steven F. Watkins
16 years ago

Steven F. Watkins (Faculty)

1. & 4. I tried all the buttons and levers, and it works great! Any student
with a fundamental knowledge of kinetic theory will be able to use this
2. Very high quality. Variables are easy to change, and the visual is terrific.
I like the tracking device.
3. The next time I present gases I will use this, and I will link it to my class
homepage for the students to play with. It will definitely enhance the
concepts for them.

Technical Remarks:

It works great with Internet Explorer, but very poorly or not at all in my Mac
version of Netscape v4.72. The JAVA must not be compatible because I get error
messages as the applet is loaded.