If you consider a very small object such as a grain of pollen, in a gas, then the number of atoms and molecules striking its surface would also be relatively small. Would the grain of pollen experience any fluctuations in pressure due to statistical fluctuations in the number of gas atoms and molecules striking it in a given amount of time?
Yes. Such fluctuations actually occur for a body of any size in a gas, but since the numbers of atoms and molecules are immense for macroscopic bodies, the fluctuations are a tiny percentage of the number of collisions, and the averages spoken of in this section vary imperceptibly. Roughly speaking the fluctuations are proportional to the inverse square root of the number of collisions, so for small bodies they can become significant. This was actually observed in the 19th century for pollen grains in water, and is known as the Brownian effect.
Pump gas molecules into a box and see what happens as you change the volume, add or remove heat, change gravity, and more. Measure the temperature and pressure, and discover how the properties of the gas vary in relation to each other.
Section summary
Kinetic theory is the atomistic description of gases as well as liquids and solids.
Kinetic theory models the properties of matter in terms of continuous random motion of atoms and molecules.
where
$P$ is the pressure (average force per unit area),
$V$ is the volume of gas in the container,
$N$ is the number of molecules in the container,
$m$ is the mass of a molecule, and
$\overline{{v}^{2}}$ is the average of the molecular speed squared.
Thermal energy is defined to be the average translational kinetic energy
$\overline{\text{KE}}$ of an atom or molecule.
The temperature of gases is proportional to the average translational kinetic energy of atoms and molecules.
The motion of individual molecules in a gas is random in magnitude and direction. However, a gas of many molecules has a predictable distribution of molecular speeds, known as the
Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution .
Conceptual questions
How is momentum related to the pressure exerted by a gas? Explain on the atomic and molecular level, considering the behavior of atoms and molecules.
Some incandescent light bulbs are filled with argon gas. What is
${v}_{\text{rms}}$ for argon atoms near the filament, assuming their temperature is 2500 K?
Average atomic and molecular speeds
$({v}_{\text{rms}})$ are large, even at low temperatures. What is
${v}_{\text{rms}}$ for helium atoms at 5.00 K, just one degree above helium’s liquefaction temperature?
(a) What is the average kinetic energy in joules of hydrogen atoms on the
$\text{5500}\text{\xba}\text{C}$ surface of the Sun? (b) What is the average kinetic energy of helium atoms in a region of the solar corona where the temperature is
$6\text{.}\text{00}\times {\text{10}}^{5}\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}\text{K}$ ?
The escape velocity of any object from Earth is 11.2 km/s. (a) Express this speed in m/s and km/h. (b) At what temperature would oxygen molecules (molecular mass is equal to 32.0 g/mol) have an average velocity
${v}_{\text{rms}}$ equal to Earth’s escape velocity of 11.1 km/s?
The escape velocity from the Moon is much smaller than from Earth and is only 2.38 km/s. At what temperature would hydrogen molecules (molecular mass is equal to 2.016 g/mol) have an average velocity
${v}_{\text{rms}}$ equal to the Moon’s escape velocity?
Nuclear fusion, the energy source of the Sun, hydrogen bombs, and fusion reactors, occurs much more readily when the average kinetic energy of the atoms is high—that is, at high temperatures. Suppose you want the atoms in your fusion experiment to have average kinetic energies of
$6\text{.}\text{40}\times {\text{10}}^{\u2013\text{14}}\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}\text{J}$ . What temperature is needed?
Suppose that the average velocity
$({v}_{\text{rms}})$ of carbon dioxide molecules (molecular mass is equal to 44.0 g/mol) in a flame is found to be
$1\text{.}\text{05}\times {\text{10}}^{5}\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}\text{m/s}$ . What temperature does this represent?
Much of the gas near the Sun is atomic hydrogen. Its temperature would have to be
$1\text{.}5\times {\text{10}}^{7}\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}\text{K}$ for the average velocity
${v}_{\text{rms}}$ to equal the escape velocity from the Sun. What is that velocity?
There are two important isotopes of uranium—
${}^{\text{235}}\text{U}$ and
${}^{\text{238}}\text{U}$ ; these isotopes are nearly identical chemically but have different atomic masses. Only
${}^{\text{235}}\text{U}$ is very useful in nuclear reactors. One of the techniques for separating them (gas diffusion) is based on the different average velocities
${v}_{\text{rms}}$ of uranium hexafluoride gas,
${\text{UF}}_{6}$ . (a) The molecular masses for
${}^{\text{235}}\text{U}\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}$${\text{UF}}_{6}$ and
${}^{\text{238}}\text{U}$$\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}{\text{UF}}_{6}$ are 349.0 g/mol and 352.0 g/mol, respectively. What is the ratio of their average velocities? (b) At what temperature would their average velocities differ by 1.00 m/s? (c) Do your answers in this problem imply that this technique may be difficult?
A petrol engine has a output of 20 kilowatts and uses 4.5 kg of fuel for each hour of running. The energy given out when 1 kg of petrol is burnt is 4.8 × 10 to the power of 7 Joules.
a) What is the energy output of the engine every hour?
b) What is the energy input of the engine every hour?
A simple pendulum is used in a physics laboratory experiment to obtain an experimental value for the gravitational acceleration, g . A student measures the length of the pendulum to be 0.510 meters, displaces it 10 o from the equilibrium position, and releases it. Using a s
Two masses of 2 kg and 4 kg are held with a compressed spring between them. If the masses are released, the spring will push them away from each other. If the smaller mass moves off with a velocity of 6m/s, what is the stored energy in the spring when it is compressed?
Reduce that two body problem into one body problem. Apply potential and k. E formula to get total energy of the system
rakesh
i dont think dere is any potential energy... by d virtue of no height present
Olalekan
there is compressed energy,dats only potential energy na?
rakesh
yes.. but... how will u approach that question without The Height in the question?
Olalekan
Can you explain how you get 54J?
Emmanuel
Because mine is 36J
Emmanuel
got 36J too
Douglas
OK the answer is 54J
Babar is correct
Emmanuel
Conservation of Momentum
Emmanuel
woow i see.. can you give the formula for this
joshua
Two masses of 2 kg and 4 kg are held with a compressed spring between them. If the masses are released, the spring will push them away from each other. If the smaller mass moves off with a velocity of 6m/s, what is the stored energy in the spring when it is compressed? Asume there is no external force.
may be by using MC^2=MC^2 and Total energy=kinetic energy +potential energy
so 1st find kinetic energy and den find potential energy which is stored energy
we are given f=12 m=200g which is 0.2kg
now from 2nd law of newton a= f/m=60m/s*2
work done=force applied x displacement cos (theta)
w= 12x60 =720nm/s*2
Mudang
this very interesting question very complicated for me, í need urgent help.
1,two buses A and B travel along the same road in the same direction from Harper city (asume They both started from the same point) to Monrovia. if bus A maintains a Speedy of 60km/h and bus B a Speedy of 75km/h, how many
mohammed
hours Will it take bus B to overtake bus A assuming bus B starts One hour after bus A started. what is the distance travelled by the buses when They meet?.
mohammed
pls í need help
mohammed
4000 work is done
Ana
speed=distance /time
distance=speed/time
Ana
now use this formula
Ana
what's the answer then
Julius
great Mudang
Kossi
please Ana
explain 4000 ?
babar
hey mudang
there is a product of force and acceleration not force and displacement
babar
@Mohammed answer is 0.8hours or 48mins
Douglas
nice
A.d
its not possible
Olalekan
í want the working procedure
mohammed
the answer is given but how Will One arrive at it. the answers are 4hours and 300m.
mohammed
physics is the science that studies the non living nature
For first equation simply integrate formula of acceleration in the limit v and u
Tripti
For second itegrate velocity formula by ising first equation
Tripti
similarly for 3 one integrate acceleration again by multiplying and dividing term ds
Tripti
any methods can take to solve this eqtions
a=vf-vi/t
vf-vi=at
vf=vi+at......1
Ana
suppose a body starts with an initial velocity vi and travels with uniform acceleration a for a period of time t.the distance covered by a body in this time is "s" and its final velocity becomes vf
Ana
what is the question dear
Zeeshan
average velocity=(vi+vf)/2
distance travelled=average velocity ×time
therefore s=vi+vf/2×t
from the first equation of motion ,we have
vf =vi+at
s=[vi+(vi+at)]/2×t
s=(2vi+at)/2×t
s=bit+1/2at2
Ana
find the distance
Ana
how
Zeeshan
Two speakers are arranged so that sound waves with the same frequency are produced and radiated through a room. An interference pattern is created. Calculate the distance between the two speakers?