© Dr. Steve Rapp, 2005

Intensive and
Extensive Quantities

6. The extensive form of an
equation can be transformed into an intensive form by dividing
both sides by an extensive variable. For example, the ideal gas
law can be transformed by dividing each side of the equation
by n which gives PV* = RT ( the intensive
form). Where V* = V/n is the specific
volume. (See Table 17.2 in your text for examples of
specific quantities).