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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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Taylor expansion in Lattice Boltzmann Method derivation

Currently I'm trying to understand Lattice Boltzmann Method for solving CFD problems. In its derivation BGK approximation is used to get rid of complicated collision integral. But when they come to ...
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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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Momentum change in collisions (Drude Model)

A particle suffers elastic collisions with scattering centers with a probability of collision per unit time $\lambda$. After a collision the particle is in a direction caracterized by a solid angle ...
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How can I explicit the energy dependence of the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution?

I'm having a bit of a problem figuring out the energy dependent Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution. According to my book (Ashcroft & Mermin) they write the velocity dependent distribution as: ...
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Accuracy of the Boltzmann equation

I have had this question for some time now. Hopefully someone can answer it. I know that the Boltzmann equation is widely regarded as a cornerstone of statistical mechanics and many applications have ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Measuring the viscosity of a gas

A method to measure the viscosity of a gas uses two vertical coaxial cylinders, with the gas confined between them. The inner cylinder has radius $a$, whilst the outer cylindrical shell has inner ...
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What does the temperature of the early universe tell me?

I am re-reading Weinberg's book "The First Three Minutes". In the Introduction he makes this statement: "At about one-hundreth of a second, the earliest time about which we can speak with any ...
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Kinetic theory derivation of viscosity of a gas

Encountering a lot of issues trying to understand this. The basic idea of the derivation I'm using is as follows (the image here may help): I'm going to write $<u_x>$ as the general horizontal ...
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Flow rate of gas down a pipe at low pressures

I'm trying to understand an 'approximate derivation' of the flow rate of gas down a pipe at low pressure from my book (an example problem). It uses the result that the flux of a gas is given by ...
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Conservation of kinetic energy in collision

Why is kinetic energy conserved in collision between glass balls while it is not conserved in collision between a ball and floor?
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Difference between heat and work

According to the Kinetic Theory of Matter, temperature is nothing but a measure of the kinetic energy of matter. My textbook says that the change in internal energy of a system is the heat gained plus ...
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Dependence of kinetic friction on relative velocity

While I was reading my book I came across a line that tells that there is slight dependence of kinetic friction on velocity of relative motion of the bodies. Can anyone tell me how is this so?
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Applying Statistical Mechanics to Formulate Corrosion (Rusting)

I wanted to try and take my current knowledge of statistical mechanics (first quarter undergraduate course completed, beginning researcher in far from equilibrium statistical mechanics, basic ...
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How can kinetic energy be conserved in an elastic collision

How can kinetic energy be conserved in an elastic collision as collision is said to occur between two bodies if they physically collide against each other or if the path of one of then is affected by ...
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Randomness of submolecular phenomena

Why do models of submolecular phenomena involving randomness work? Do these phenomena appear random to other submolecular particles? For example, people can use Einstein-Smoluchowski to characterize ...
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Kinetic proof of law of mass action

Suppose we have a chemical reaction of the form $$n_1 A_1 + \cdots + n_r A_r \leftrightarrow m_1 B_1 + \cdots + m_s B_s$$ where $A_i$ and $B_i$ are molecules, and the $n_i$ and $m_i$ are the integer ...
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Extreme temperatures, relativity and kinetic theory

According to kinetic theory, average kinetic energy is proportional to temperature. Supposing $k_BT/2$ per particle, can we use relativity and kinetic theory to calculate, e.g., the temperature and ...
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Kinetic theory of photon gasses

I have recently attempted to derive a fully functional non-handwavy derivation of the photon gas energy density without having to interpret some mass term such as $mc^2$ as the "photon energy". My ...
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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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Is it possible to describe the geometric mean of the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution?

This may be a more appropriate question for the Mathematics stack exchange, if so forgive its extraneousness. We know the expected value of the distribution, analogous to the weighted arithmetic mean ...
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How to derive the two-term approximation for the Boltzmann equation?

Starting with the Boltzmann equation in terms of $f(t,\vec v,\vec x)$ or $f(t,\vec v)$ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boltzmann_equation $$\left(\frac{\partial}{\partial t} + \vec{v} \, ...
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Three-body correlation function in kinetic theory

In Kinetic Theory, one studies the evolution of a system of $N$ particles interacting with each other. We use the notation $\boldsymbol{w}_{i}$ to describe the coordinates in phase-space of each ...
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Evaporation of water at room temperature

Could anybody refer me to some literature (textbooks or research, although preferably textbooks!) dedicated to explaining quantitatively the phenomenon of evaporation of fluids? I understand that it's ...
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How does one determine the breakdown voltage of a solid-in-liquid suspension?

So I'm doing a project in which we are supposed to collect micro-scale conducting metal particles from a suspension of it in water (which is deionized). Suppose that I am charging the particles ...
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Difficulty with Feynman's chapter on kinetic theory of gases

I have been reading Chapter 39 of the Feynman Lectures in Physics. In this section he argues that collision between gas molecules will mix up their directions of motion such that ultimately any ...
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Recombination time for ionized atoms in a low pressure gas?

I am looking into some new physics and had the following question come up: You have a neutral gas of let's say, CO atoms at 1 nanoTorr. An electron(s) comes passing through the gas ionizing only 1% ...
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How can momentum changes from individual collisions be considered as a whole?

I have a question about deriving the equation of kinetic theory of ideal gas $$PV=\frac{1}{3} Nmc_r^2$$ where $N$ is number of atoms, $c_r$ is root mean square of atom speed and $m$ is mass of one ...
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Ideal gas and inelastic collisions

Why is it necessary that all inter-molecular collisions in an ideal gas be elastic? My understanding is that a gas behaves ideally so long as the potential energy arising from inter-molecular ...
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Effusion of particles from one box to another - pressure calculation

Suppose we have a container divided into equal halves. Right half is fixed at temperature $T$, volume $\frac{V}{2}$. Initially it has pressure $P_0$, a hole of area $A$ is opened between them. I ...
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Speed distribution in 1 dimension

In 3D, the maxwell velocity distribution is: $$f = \left(\frac{\alpha}{\pi} \right)^{\frac{3}{2}} e^{-\alpha v^2} d^3 \vec v$$ To get the speed distribution in 3D, we simply expand $d^3\vec v = 4\pi ...
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Do particle velocities in liquid follow the Maxwell-Boltzmann velocity distribution?

The Maxwell-Boltzmann velocity distribution arises from non-reactive elastic collisions of particles and is usually discussed in the context of the kinetic theory (for gases). There are various ...
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Gillespie's stochastic framework valid for particles in aqueous solution?

Gillespie proposed a stochastic framework for simulating chemical reactions which is predicated on non-reactive elastic collisions serving to 'uniformize' particle position so that the assumption of ...
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Degrees of freedom of particles in Lattice Boltzmann method

Is it true that in Lattice Boltzmann method particles have only one degree of freedom even in 3D case? Can someone explain that fact or provide a link? Thanks!
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If temperature is average KE per particle, and heat is total KE of all the particles, how can molar heat capacity vary?

If temperature is defined as the average kinetic energy per particle, and heat energy is defined as the total kinetic energy of all the particles (or more strictly, heat transferred is the total ...
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Kinetic energy of a gas molecule

I am working through the derivation of the equation $$pV=\frac13mNC_{rms}^2,$$ but relating to this formula my textbook states that the kinetic energy of an average molecule of gas is given by ...
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Relative change in drift velocity

Consider an ensemble of electrons which all experienced a collision at time $t=0$. Let $n(t)$ denote the number of electrons in this ensemble. Assume that the number of electrons $\mathrm{d}n$ from ...
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Is there a known equation for evolution of classical particle probability density?

Suppose we have some very imprecise knowledge of classical particle's coordinates and momentum: what we can only tell is the probability density to find it in some point of phase space. This is ...
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formula for mean free path in two dimensions

I'm running some simulations of particle collisions in two dimensions with discretised time and space. In essence, particles only collide if they occupy the same location (cell) at the same time step. ...
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Calculating elastic energy constant [closed]

I ran into a kinetic physics problem: "A spring is hanging on the ceiling. Let's place an object 'M' at the end of the spring. Yet hold 'M' so the spring doesn't stretch. The distance between the ...
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Interpretation of Einstein relation in kinetic theory

I am reviewing my (independent) study notes on diffusion and found the following comment preceding the derivation of the Einstein relation: Now, since the particles that deliver the stochastic ...
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How to approach this kind of task about kinetic energy? [closed]

The bullet with mass $$m_{ball}=0.2 kg$$ travels with speed $$v=2 \frac{m}{s}$$ and hits Plasticine sphere with mass $$m_{sphere}=2.5 kg$$ and get stuck. I need to find the amount of heat ejected. How ...
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Root Mean Square Speed of Gas

The RMS speed of particles in a gas is $v_{rms} = \sqrt{\frac{3RT}{M}}$ where $M$ = molar mass; according to this Wiki entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Root-mean-square_speed The gas laws ...