A gas that behaves as randomly moving, non-interacting molecules. This allows a simplified equation of state.

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How slow is a reversible adiabatic expansion of an ideal gas?

A truly reversible thermodynamic process needs to be infinitesimally displaced from equilibrium at all times and therefore takes infinite time to complete. However, if I execute the process slowly, I ...
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How does a gas of particles with uniform speed reach the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution?

Take an empty container and fill it with $N$ gas particles (ideally a monoatomic gas), each having the same kinetic energy $E$, then isolate the container. Since initially the speeds don't follow the ...
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Why does this perpetuum mobile not work?(Gases and Densities) [duplicate]

I recently came up with the following concept. It is very simple, and may have been thought of before. A picture says more than a thousand words, so here is it explained in a picture: Note that ...
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Gay-Lussac's Law & the Patriots

This may be a question better suited for xkcd what if? section...but here goes: with all the hoopla around the patriots / colts game and allegations of cheating by deflating footballs, I've read/heard ...
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Where does the joules come from (ideal gas constant)?

I have not done any physics in ages and have recently started studying it. The first chapter in my book deals with the ideal gas constant: $$pV=nRT$$ It is rewritten as: $$R=\frac{pV}{nT}$$ When I ...
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Internal energy of an ideal gas as a function of volume

Okay so I've been reading a bit on Thermodynamics and I found something that I couldn't wrap around my head. For an ideal gas, the change in internal energy is equal to $$\Delta U = Q + W$$ And ...
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How fast will sublimed dry ice mix with air?

I saw this photo and wondered: Will the CO2 stay mostly in a layer on the floor with the rest of the atmosphere resting on top, or will it quickly diffuse throughout the room? This lab is probably ...
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Why are gasses difficult to see? [duplicate]

Why are gases difficult to see?
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7/2 versus 9/2 for diatomic heat capacity

Question I calculated the classical heat capacity of a diatomic gas as $C_V = (9/2)Nk_B$, however the accepted value is $C_V = (7/2)Nk_B$. I assumed the classical Hamiltonian of two identical atoms ...
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Doubts about the ideal gas law

EDITED AND SOLUTION: In fact my stupid mistake was to take the wrong value for my $P_1$ and I was getting an 1.2998 that finally is a 1,9178 within just a difference about 7%. So at the end they are ...
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Collision frequency at surfaces

Collision frequency for particles in gases is well known, and collision theory is used to derive chemical reaction rates in gases, (and particles in liquid solutions as well). Using the mean velocity ...
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Classical and Semi-classical treatments of the ideal gas

In the semi-classical treatment of the ideal gas, we write the partition function for the system as $$Z = \frac{Z(1)^N}{N!}$$ where $Z(1)$ is the single particle partition function and $N$ is the ...
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Would the temperature of a gas change when accelerated in a train?

I was thinking about a situation where some gas is enclosed inside a container and kept in a train at rest. The train accelerates, gains a maximum speed and then suddenly stops. Would the temperature ...
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What type of substances allows the use of the Ideal Gas Law?

I know that I can use the ideal gas law with pure gases or pure liquids. But can I also use the ideal gas law at saturated gases and saturated liquids as long as they aren't two phase substances?
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Differentiating the ideal gas law

In reading Fermi's Thermodynamics, to show that $C_p = C_v + R$, the author differentiates the ideal gas law for a mole of gas ($PV = RT$) to obtain: $PdV + VdP = RdT$. Now, the only way I am able to ...
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Why are volume and pressure inversely proportional to each other?

It makes sense, that if you have a balloon and press it down with your hands, the volume will decrease and the pressure will increase. This confirms Boyle's Law, $ pV=k=nRT $. But what if the ...
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Why energy at room temperature $= kT$ and not $(3/2)kT$ [duplicate]

I always see that a room temperature of $T=300\,\text{K}$ corresponds to an energy of $k_BT \approx \frac{1}{40}\,\text{eV}$. But shouldn't it be $\frac{3}{2}k_BT$ since the molecules in the air have ...
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What does it take to derive the ideal gas law in themodynamics?

How can the ideal gas law be derived from the following assumptions/observations/postulates, and these only ? I'm able to measure pressure $P$ and volume $V$ for gases. I notices that if ...
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Can we apply $pV^\gamma$=const only for quasistatic adiabatic process?

But If this is so, I have often seen people applying this formula for quick processes where no heat exchange is possible. Here is an example from where I am quoting the following: we will assume ...
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Ideal gas and diatomic gas with same temperature

If a box of ideal gas and another box of diatomic gas are in thermal equilibrium, does it mean that the average translational energy of ideal gas particle (A) is the same as that of diatomic gas ...
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Why is it difficult to mix helium and nitrogen gases?

I recently learned an interesting fact: That it's difficult to mix helium and nitrogen gases in a compressed gas cylinder. Gas suppliers that need to mix the two gases have to rotate the cylinders for ...
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Physical intuition for independence of components of velocity in derivation of Maxwell–Boltzmann distribution

Maxwell derived the shape of the probability distribution of velocity of gas particles by starting with just two assumptions. These are: The probability distribution is rotation invariant. The ...
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Why is steam used to spin turbines?

The ideal gas law tells us that the relationship between Pressure (P), Volume (V), Temprature (T), and quantity/amount (n) is $$ PV = nRT $$ where R is the gas constant. Say your an engineer who ...
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Can the Sun's core be treated as an ideal gas?

I know that a gas behaves more like an ideal gas at higher temperature, and that is very well achieved in the Sun's core. But also low pressure is needed for a gas to behave like an ideal gas, and the ...
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What happens to the temperature when an ideal gas is compressed?

I am rather confused about this. I know from Charles' law that under constant pressure, the volume of a gas is directly proportional to its absolute temperature i.e. $$\frac{V_1}{T_1} = ...
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How do gas molecules constantly bounce without losing energy?

From a related question (How does pressurized gas constantly push?), i asked myself this: How do gas molecules constantly bounce off each other without losing energy? If you drop a ball, it bounces a ...
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Will ideal gas law apply to plasma?

I have read that plasma is a state of matter that resembles gas but it consists of ions and electrons coexisting. So my question is : If plasma is just ionized gas, will ideal gas law apply for it ?
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Ideal gas concentration under temperature gradient

I'm trying to calculate the concentration of an ideal gas in an adiabatic container as a function of position where the top and bottom plates of the container are fixed at temperatures $T_1$ and ...
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Simple explanation of relation between speed of sound and r.m.s. speed?

In an ideal gas, the speed of sound $v_s$ is related to the r.m.s. molecular speed $v_m$ by $$\frac{v_s}{v_m}=\sqrt{\frac{\gamma}{3}} \qquad ,$$ where $\gamma=C_p/C_v=7/5$ for a diatomic gas. I ...
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Are Mach Diamonds radially symmetrical?

Videos like this show a form that suggests a radial symmetry in the gas jet. The same is reinforced by schematic illustrations. But other images, like this, look like there is a twisting structure ...
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Deriving combined gas law from Boyle's and Charles' laws

I know that the combined gas law, $$\frac{PV}{T}=k$$ should be derivable from Boyle's Law and Charles' Law. Since these are very basic equations, I presumed that it would be a simple matter, so I ...
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speed of sound and the potential energy of an ideal gas; Goldstein derivation

I am looking the derivation of the speed of sound in Goldstein's Classical Mechanics (sec. 11-3, pp. 356-358, 1st ed). In order to write down the Lagrangian, he needs the kinetic and potential ...
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Energy formula for separating $O_2$ from mixture of $O_2$, $NH_3$ and $H_2O$

I have a physics problem I'd like to make sure I get correct. The practical aspect of this problem is that the photosynthetic efficiency of algae is inhibited with dissolved O2 in the growth medium, ...
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Why does a gas get hot when suddenly compressed? What is happening at the molecular level?

My guess is that the molecules of gas all have the same speed as before, but now there are much more collisions per unit area onto the thermometer, thus making the thermometer read a higher ...
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Where does air pressure come from?

Where does air pressure come from? I thought it was from gravity or the speed of the gas resulting from its heat. However, analyzing my own hypotheses, I think that my 'heat conjecture' is probably ...
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$E=kT$ or $\frac32kT$?

Basically, which is the correct formula for thermal energy, and is this the same as kinetic energy? My notes are pretty conflicting on this topic, and I'm getting pretty confused.
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Simple question about a gas in a box with a moving wall

David Albert is a philosopher of Science at Columbia. His book "Time and Chance" includes this example (p 36). A gas is confined on one side of a box with a removable wall. "Draw the wall out, ...
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Why do we ignore rotational energy in monatomic gases? [duplicate]

I understand that the average energy of each degree of freedom in a thermodynamic system is $\frac12kT$. And so, for an ideal monatomic gas, there are three degrees of freedom associated with the ...
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Heat transfer by conduction is not possible for gases?

Today one of my instructor told me that gases cannot have heat transfer thru conduction because molecules are far apart and so it cannot transfer heat,infact the diffusion process of gases transfers ...
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With ideal gases, varying quantity of moles, and having a constant volume how do temperature and pressure behave?

I'm trying to build a simulation of gases so I ended-up trying to use law of ideal gases ($PV = nRT$). In my scenario: volume is constant ($V=1\rm{m}^3$); a known quantity of moles are being added ...
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What does chemical potential $\mu = 0$ mean?

First off, just to be clear, the chemical potential being equal to zero is different from not having a chemical potential at all (e.g. a photon gas)? Now: physically, what does having chemical ...
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Euler Equations, Sod shock tube & conservation

Conservation of momentum? I am considering the Euler equations in conservative form and solving the Sod shock tube problem I have written a Godunov finite volume type solver. It solves for density ρ, ...
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Understanding mathematically the free expansion process of an ideal gas

I'm trying to understand mathematically that for the free expansion of an ideal gas the internal energy $E$ just depends on temperature $T$ and not volume $V$. In the free expansion process the ...
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Why is a material such as plastic air-tight?

I'm not too familiar with fluid mechanics, but i always wondered how let's say plastic containers would be able to contain a fluid, such as gas or water. How does plastic prevent the molecules of the ...
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How do you explain the fact that when air expands freely into an evacuated chamber from a constant pressure atmosphere, its temperature increases?

I came across this paper: Baker, B. (1999). An easy to perform but often counterintuitive demonstration of gas expansion. American Journal of Physics, 67(8), 712-713. ...
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Does it take infinite energy to create a perfect vacuum?

Question is inspired by a recent burst of perpetuum mobile-type questions. It would be nice if one could simply discard them all by an argument that shows it's impossible to create a perfect vacuum. ...
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What are the units of these virial coefficients?

I'm reading some papers for calculating the vapor pressure of alkali metals as a function of temperature, and I've come across some familiar-looking virial expansions, but when I tried to work out the ...
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Is there an Ideal Liquid Law? Or Solid Law?

There is an Ideal Gas Law, but why isn't there one for liquids or solids? Is it because they are much too hard to predict or that solids and liquids vary drastically in their reaction to temperature ...
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How is the degenerate electron gas state “degenerate”?

What is "degenerate" in the degenerate electron gas state? Why is it called degenerate?
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Which heated, partially filled bottle will explode first?

This is in reference to a pasteurization discussion on a homebrewing forum. I have four closed bottles which will explode if containing too much pressure. Two of them are 50% full (A and B), and two ...