virial coefficient

noun

: one of the coefficients in a series of terms involving inverse powers of specific volume whose sum represents the product of specific volume by pressure for a pure gas
useful form of the equation of state of a real gas is pv = A + B/v + C/v2 + …, where A, B, C, etc. are functions of the temperature and are called the virial coefficientsF. W. Sears

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“Virial coefficient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/virial%20coefficient. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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