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Advanced Physics Teacher Guide


This manual features over 30 College Board curriculum and AP Physics exam inspired lab activities.

Gas Laws

Lab Summary

Use an absolute pressure sensor to observe changes in pressures and volumes of gases as they apply to Boyle’s law.


Conduct an experiment to observe changes in pressures and volumes of gases as they apply to Boyle’s law. Students explore the concept of Boyle's law by:

  • Studying the relationship between the volume and pressure of an enclosed gas.
  • Graphing this relationship and deriving an equation relating the pressure to the volume of an enclosed gas.
  • Accurately predicting the behavior of a gas using Boyle's law.


Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Manually gathering data for pressure and volume for a compressed gas.
  • Constructing a graph of pressure versus volume and manipulating the data to derive a linear relationship between pressure and volume.
  • Understanding the work done on a gas and the work done by a gas as they relate to the graph of pressure versus volume.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Absolute Pressure/Temperature Sensor


Designed for ideal gas law allowing both absolute pressure and temperature measurement. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

Materials Used:

Plastic Tubing, 1/4" in diameter - 3 ~ 5 cm

The Associated Bundle:

Advanced Physics Standard Sensor Bundle


This bundle contains the probeware needed to perform all 37 lab activities in the Advanced Physics lab manual.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.