van der Waals' equation

van der Waals' equation

[van der wahlz, wawlz; Dutch vahn duhr vahls]
noun Thermodynamics.
an equation of state relating the pressure, volume, and absolute temperature of a gas, taking into account the finite size of the molecules and the attractive force between them.
Also, van der Waals equation.


Origin:
named after J. D. van der Waals (1837–1923), Dutch scientist

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