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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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Relativity of temperature paradox

The imagined scenario: Part A: From special relativity we know that velocity is a relative physical quantity, that is, it is dependent on the frame of reference of choice. This means that kinetic ...
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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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Why do some substances undergo sublimation while others do not?

This question is indeed lengthy...but please go through the question at least. From the study of kinetic theory I know that for intuitive answers we can associate the states (liquid, solid,gas) with ...
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Derivation of viscosity using basic kinetic theory?

This question has been asked in part before in the question Kinetic theory derivation of viscosity of a gas although the given accepted answer does not give the required detail for the part of the ...
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Are two thin blankets significantly warmer than a single thick blanket?

Almost every source I can find online maintains that two 0.5 cm blankets are significantly warmer than a single 1cm blanket due to air trapped between the thin blankets. However, the thermal ...
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Why do moving particles emit thermal radiation?

While answering another question about heat in an atom, the discussion in the comments led to the question of how heat is related to thermal radiation picked up by infrared cameras. The answer is that ...
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Why does warm water sink?

It is well known that water at 4C is denser than water at 0C. This is the usual explanation for why a body of water freezes from the surface (also it's because ice is even less dense, but that's ...
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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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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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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 $\langle u_x\rangle$ as the general ...
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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 physical processes may underly the collisional term in the Boltzmann equation, and how do they increase entropy?

Consider particles interacting only by long-range (inverse square law) forces, either attractive or repulsive. I am comfortable with the idea that their behavior may be described by the collsionless ...
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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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What information is lost in the symmetrization necessary to derive the BBGKY hierarchy?

The book on Kinetic theory I'm reading derives the BBGKY hierarchy after introducing the reduced distribution functions $f_s(q^1,p_1,q^2,p_2,\dots,q^s,p_s):=\int\ \rho\ \ \mathrm d q^{s+1} \mathrm d ...
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Influence of choice of statistics on gas kinetics

In the derivation of distributions over energy states, a common assumption made is that under normal conditions (normal from a fluid dynamics standpoint, so > 300K typically) the energy states are ...
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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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Understanding Heat

Heat or thermal energy as understood is nothing but motion of molecules of the matter. If the molecules are tightly bound (in case of solids), it is to-and-fro molecular vibrations, otherwise it is ...
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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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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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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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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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Does the kinetic theory of gases means gases mix almost instantaneously?

This theory has bugged me ever since my first physics class on the subject. If this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinetic_theory) is true, it leads me to a few weird conclusions. Opening the rear ...
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Van der Waals equation

In the Van der Waals equation, $$\left(p+\frac{a'}{v^2}\right)(v-b')= kT$$ The excluded volume b is not just equal to the volume occupied by the solid, finite-sized particles, but actually four ...
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Derivation of the diffusion coefficient?

The diffusion coefficient relates the particle flux $J$ to the gradient in the number density (of the 'labelled' particles) $\frac{\partial \bar n}{\partial z}$ such that; $$J=-D \frac{\partial \bar n}...
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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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Error in mathematics of collision theory [on hold]

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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Cauchy Problem for Boltzmann Equations

One of the first profound analysis about the solutions of the Boltzmann Equation was given by DiPerna and Lions in the late 1980s. You can find one of their main papers here: http://www.jstor.org/...
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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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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: $${{f}...
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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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Why is the $\langle v_{x}^{2} \rangle=\frac{1}{3} \langle v^2 \rangle$?

For a randomly moving particle. Or, I suppose that 1/3 could generalise to 1/n, where n is the non rotational degrees of freedom for that particle. Related reference Kinetic Theory of Gasses.
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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 wind be defined as momentum/mass of air molecules?

In the past I thought a breeze of wind was "made" from a large amount of air molecules going all the same direction in the same speed. But it's not like that, actually this voted answer, this site, ...
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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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Collision probability vs rate of collision

While studying the kinetic theory of matter I came across a term called collision rate ($P$) which is the number of collisions suffered by a molecule in unit time. Later it was stated that $P$ is also ...
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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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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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On non-local physics in cosmology by prof. B.V. Alekseev

Recently I've encountered work by prof. B.V. Alekseev, in which he claims that some physical problems can be easily solved if we consider non-local interactions in kinetic theory (interactions of ...
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Theoretical Calculation of Specific Heat of a Gas

I've read that the theoretical specific heat of a monatomic gas (like dissociated hydrogen or oxygen) is $20.8\, \mathrm{\dfrac{J}{mol\cdot K}}$ at constant pressure and $12.5\, \mathrm{\dfrac{J}{mol\...
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Probability Density Function for Dust in the Colision-less Vlasov equation

My problem is the following: I'm trying to model a dust (pressure-less relativistic gas) in the presence of electromagnetic field using colisioness vlasov-equation (relativistic version of boltzmann ...
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Maxwell velocity distribution, in 1D or otherwise

I learned from my textbook that Maxwell's velocity distribution gives: $$v_{rms} =\sqrt{\frac{3kT}{m}}$$ $$v_{avg} = \sqrt{\frac{8kT}{\pi m}}$$ Presumably this is for a three dimensions. This confuses ...
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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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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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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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How to deduce E=(3/2)kT?

It says in my course notes that a particle has so-called "kinetic energy" $E=\frac{3}{2}kT=\frac{1}{2}mv^²$ Where does this formula come from? What is k?
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Why is a hot air balloon “stiff”?

1) Why is a hot air balloon stiff? 2) Is the pressure inside the balloon higher than the pressure outside (atmospheric pressure)? 3) If the pressure inside is higher than the outside, how is it ...
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What is the relation between the Boltzmann distribution and Boltzmann equation?

The Boltzmann equation without collision operator $\Omega$ is as follows: $$\dfrac{\partial f}{\partial t} + \mathbf v \cdot \nabla f = 0 \tag{1}$$ Where $\mathbf v$ is the velocity, and $f$ is the ...
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How much faster are airmolecules going when the temperature raise from 15 to 25 degrees C?

As far as I know the temperature of the air depends on how fast the airmolecules are moving. But what is the increase of speed (in km/h) of those air molecules?
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Is the Maxwell distribution a solution of the Boltzmann equation?

I am studying about the Boltzmann Equation for non-equilibrium rarefied gases (dilute gases to be more specific): $$\frac{\partial f}{\partial t}+\pmb{v}\cdot\nabla_{\pmb{x}}f=Q(f,f)$$ My question is ...