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Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics
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Gases, in contrast with solids and liquids, are very compressible. What can you infer from this observation about the microscopic nature of gases?

In case of gases, the atoms are far away from each other. As a result, gases are highly compressible.

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Step 1: Given Information

Gases are highly compressible compared to liquids and solids.

Step 2: Finding the reason behind the high compressibility of gases

In case of Gases, the compressibility is seen to be high. From this observation, it can be inferred that the atoms in gas are far away from each other and repulsion power among the atoms are not as strong as compared to solids. As a result, gases are highly compressible.

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