Surface Area/Pressure/Ideal Gas Law

  1. How does surface area affect pressure, since pressure is defined by [itex]\frac{Force}{Area}[/itex], and specifically how does this work with the Ideal Gas Law ([itex]PV = nRT[/itex])? I would think that surface area and pressure have an inverse relationship, as to pressure and volume. But what if you had gas-filled containers with the same volume but different internal surface areas? I would think that the pressure in the one with less surface area would be less, but this is not evidenced by the ideal gas law.
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  3. SteamKing

    SteamKing 10,305
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    Pressure is independent of surface area.
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