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Do liquids creep from cold to hot like gases?

Consider the U-tube water experiment below with the left red block at 10C and the right red block at 90C. I think the right level will become about 3% higher than the left level simply because hotter ...
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Why the round trip instead collision time?

From Newton's second law, the $\Delta t$ is defined as the collision time, but why in this case, it can be assumed to be the value of time between successive collisions on 1 wall? If I have an ...
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What is a good software for Ideal Gas simulation?

I am looking for a software that simulates the microscopic behavior of an ideal gas, something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEFHkcx2cz0 (unfortunately this program is not openly ...
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If Gravity acts on the particles in the gas, why don't they accumulate on the lower surface and fall down?

A quantity of gas is enclosed in a metal cylinder fitted with a piston. There are very many gas molecules.The cylinder walls are thermally conducting. Now, the question...
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Is there a theoretical maximum speed for wind?

What we call wind is actually molecules moving into an area of lower particle density due to their thermal motion. A lower particle density offers less collisions (resistance), so more molecules move ...
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0 Kelvin body moving

As many books say: Temperature is (proportional, almost, etc...) average kinetic energy of particles. My question is this. "Suppose there is a body somewhere in empty space which moves at ...
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Confusion about radioactivity

The following question is from General Problems on Physics by I.E Irodov 6.220. Find the decay constant and the mean lifetime of $^{55}\operatorname{Co}$ radionuclide if its activity is known to ...
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How much do we know about the characteristic time for electron-ion recombination for a dense plasma?

As mentioned, how much do we know about the characteristic time for electron-ion recombination for a dense (noble gas) plasma (i.e. density of electrons at $\approx 10^{21} \textrm{cm}^{-3}$) at ...
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What is the correct relativistic distribution function?

General Statement and Questions I am trying to figure out the proper way to model a velocity/momentum distribution function that is correct in the relativistic limit. I would like to determine/know ...
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Zero Energy State of a Mechanical System? [closed]

Would a mechanical system in a particular frame (when I say mechanical I mean pulleys, elastic strings, etc.) that has no potential energy (loaded springs, pulled back elastic, hanging weights, etc.) ...
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Diamonds are not forever?

It is frequently stated that although graphite is the more stable allotrope of carbon at STP, the activation energy of the diamond-to-graphite transformation is so high that our diamonds will never ...
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Derivation of ideal gas law

I looked up on the ideal gas law which our high school textbook derives with the empirical Combined Gas Law. However, the textbook did give a good explanation for this equation $$pV = ...
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alternative derivation of Einstein relation

Is there a derivation of the Einstein–Smoluchowski relation without the assumption of the Boltzmann distribution? Every time I see a derivation, it always assumes the Boltzmann distribution, such as ...
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Heat capacity of solids

In the Einstein/Debye models, the specific heat capacity goes as T^3 at low temperatures and approaches the Dulong-Petit law at higher temperatures. I undestand that some molecular motions (rotation, ...
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Specific heat capacity and temperature, 0 K?

I've found similar threads like this, but with no clear answer. I understand that the specific heat capacity of a substance increases with temperature, because the vibrational nodes and rotational ...
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Equation of Motion from Vlasov Equation

From the Vlasov equation $$\frac{\partial f}{\partial t} + \vec{v} \cdot \nabla f + \vec{a} \cdot \frac{\partial f}{\partial \vec{p}} = 0$$ we can obtain the momentum transport equation by ...
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Can Kinetic Theory obtain fluids behavior?

My understanding is that it can't. But when presenting it here I received comments that contradict this. So, as suggested, I am asking the question to be able to receive concrete approaches on this ...
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Finding the approximate distance between molecules in a gas

I have a problem to understand why the below derivation can be used to find the distance between molecules: This example is an approximation. We are supposed to find the average distance between the ...
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Gaussian acceleration of magnetic/nonmagnetic balls

https://youtu.be/CoHGGZfERE0?t=19s In this video, 19 seconds in, a nonmagnetic ball (henceforth just called a ball) is launched slowly at a static magnetic ball butted up against another static ball. ...
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Integral over a surface in kinetic theory [closed]

I am working with some kinetic theory. I have the distribution function $\Psi (\vec{r},\vec{p},t)$, Where $\vec{r}$ is the radius vector, $\vec{p}$ is the unit vector of orientation, and $t$ is the ...
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Why is there no change in speed of a charged particle in a uniform perpendicular magnetic field? [duplicate]

When the initial velocity is perpendicular to the magnetic field, the force acting on the charged particle F = qvBsin(theta) ...
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How are smoke cells an example of Brownian motion?

I don't get how smoke cells are an example of Brownian motion.
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How to explain the Venturi effect with Kinetic Theory?

From a macroscopic perspective a fluid flowing through a pipe gets accelerated when the pipe's cross section gets narrower. According to $F= ma$ a force must be present to do this. This force is ...
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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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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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Mean free path in spherical coordinate

I am thinking about a distribution with spatially inhomogeneous cross section in spherical coordinate. Starting with 1-dimensional case, a change of the flux passing through a slab with length $dx$ is ...
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Why does the temperature of a gas inside a moving container not increase with velocity?

A rectangular (simplified) container with rigid surfaces, has a certain mass of ideal gas within it, and it accelerates in free space, undergoing rectilinear motion. There are no dissipative ...
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pascals law of liquids in terms of kinetic theory of molecules

Suppose a cylindrical container of base area A filled with water is carrying a piston on top. If the piston applies no force on the liquid, assume the pressure is P for a point located on the boundary ...
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momentum and Kinetic Energy [closed]

Make some general statements about momentum and kinetic energy conservation. So, I is this correct? Two objects of varying mass have the same momentum. The least massive of the two objects will have ...
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Calculating average quantities in kinetic theory

Consider a volume $V$ with $5$ particles each of mass $m$ at positions $\mathbf{q}_i=(x_i,y_i,z_i) \in V$ and with velocities $\mathbf{v}_i=(u_i,v_i,w_i)$. The speeds of the particles are between $0$ ...
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Kinetic Energy of a system of ideal gas

For a nuclear fusion reaction in which goes as follows: $${}^2_1H + {}^1_1p \to {} ^3_2He + \gamma$$ If we assume that the mixture of deuterium nuclei and protons behave as an ideal gas, then can ...
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Why covering our nose with a cloth or nose mask reduces stale smell?

Whenever there is a stale smell in air, we tend to use a cloth(maybe a handkerchief) instantly to get away with it. Why does a cloth or a mask reduce the intensity of a stale smell? Are the "smell" ...
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How to derive entropy transport equation from heat equation?

Suppose I have heat equation: $$ \rho (\partial_{t} + (u \cdot \nabla)) T = -\nabla \cdot \mathbf R, $$ where $\mathbf R$ - some vector and $T$ - temperature. How to get the equation for entropy $S$ ...
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Error in mathematics of collision theory

I'm making lecture notes, and I felt that it would be important to explain some of the math behind collision theory. I come up with a problem, however. Here, I'm trying to show that the collision of ...
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Why Benard cells are usually hexagonal?

Solution of equations of convection (hydrodynamics equations in Boussinesq approximation) involves existence of convective cells, so-called Benard cells. They are represented by superposition of ...
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Partial pressures - beyond the concept of point masses

Imagine that I have 100 atoms of oxygen and 100 atoms of lead put together in a container. By kinetic theory of gases, they should be considered as point masses thus the partial pressure of oxygen ...
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Is kinetic theory part of statistical mechanics?

Some years ago from now I've seem some basic details about what was then called "kinetic theory of gases" where the study of property of gases was made by statistical considerations about the momentum ...
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Drifting Maxwellian distribution for energy

Assume I have a drifting Maxwellian distribution with velocity $\vec{a}$, say, in the x-direction, so something like $$ f(\vec{v}) = n\left(\frac{m}{2\pi ...
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Liouville's Theorem and Boltzmann equation for plasma

The Boltzmann equation for a plasma can be thought of as coming from a continuity equation in the 6 dimensional phase space of the plasma with coordinates $\left\{x,y,z,v_x,v_y,v_z \right\}$. So ...
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What is the gas entropy as a functional of a one-particle distribution function?

There are some discrepancies on how to introduce entropy in classical kinetic theory. In what follows $f(r,p,t)$ is the usual one-particle distribution function of a monatomic gas, normalised to the ...
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How can I determine the pound-force behind a punch?

I am a martial arts instructor always looking for the next best way to enhance the performance of my students. However, I'm having difficulty understanding how to determine the pound-force (ibf) of a ...
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Accessible system where specific heat and thermal conductivity vary in different ways?

I'm teaching undergrad thermo this semester and to my surprise several students are having trouble conceptualizing heat capacity and thermal conductivity as different properties; they can apply them ...
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Why don't the collisions of the particles in a gas affect its temperature?

Temperature is defined as the mean kinetic energy of the system. Now the particles are constantly colliding with each other; as a result of which kinetic energy of each particle changes. ...
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Average kinetic energy of molecules hitting a surface

I am trying to prove that the average kinetic energy of gas molecules hitting a containers surface is $2k_{B}T$ instead of the average for the entire gas, which is $\frac{3}{2}k_{B}T$, where $k_{B}$ ...
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What is isotropy actually & how does it ensure that exactly same number of molecules will move in either sides?

Kinetic theory is also an example of isotropy. It is assumed that the molecules move in random directions and as a consequence, there is an equal probability of a molecule moving in any ...
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What kind of force comes into play when two molecules of a gas collide?

As per kinetic theory there is no force of attraction or repulsion between two molecules of a gas except when they collide. So, what is that force which is realized during collision with wall or ...
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Is temperature affected by gravitational potential?

Ok, I feel a bit silly asking this. I'm asking in relation to this question here on the molecular basis of hydrostatic pressure in a gas. There's been quite a bit of discussion and one of the ...
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Doesn't the gas molecule hit the opposite wall during the time $\Delta{t} = \frac{2L}{v_x}$?

We should include only those accelerations that are caused by the piston, not those caused by the opposite side. The best way to accomplish this is to take $\Delta{t}$, exactly the time it takes ...
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assumption of molecular chaos and the Loschmidt paradox

The assumption of molecular chaos says the velocities of two colliding particles are uncorrelated and also independent of time. Boltzmann actually used this assumption in his formulation of the ...
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More detail on why pressure increases at the bottom of a column of gas

The question Why does the air pressure at the surface of the earth exactly equal the weight of the entire air column above it asks why the air pressure at any elevation is equal to the weight of the ...