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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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$E=kT$ 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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Integral related to particle diffusion

In the context of particle diffusion, I am trying to understand the equations that describe Brownian motion as a macroscopic process. Assume $N(x,t)$ is a number concentration and $D$ is a diffusion ...
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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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Ergodicity of the Drude model

The Drude model of electric conduction in solids deals with independent free electrons subject to random collisions with the crystal lattice (the direction where the electrons are scattered after a ...
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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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Question regarding Drift velocity in general?

The derivation of drift velocity in case of electrons is equivalent to the case of an charged ionic gas and therefore all the arguments also apply there. Now for an ideal "ionic" gas which interacts ...
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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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Heavy vs Light Particle Ideal Gases

Assume there are two ideal gases. The first is made of a light particle, and the second is made of a heavy particle. The two are of the same amount, in the same volume container, and at the same ...
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Is the diffusion coefficient for a macromolecule sensitive to mass?

Suppose I have two neutrally-buoyant macromolecules diffusing in water. They have the same radius of gyration (i.e. same root-mean-square distance from their center of mass), but one of them is ...
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On non-local physics

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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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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Confined in a box, what is the average distance between a particle hitting a side?

This particle, alone in the box, at a constant velocity $v$, travels in straight lines until hitting a side of the hollow cube, bouncing off in a random direction independent of incident angle (I know ...
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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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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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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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Molar heat capacity of gas defined by relation $p=kV$

we have this problem where relation between Pressure($p$) , Volume($V$) is defined by relation $$p=kV$$ where $k$ is a constant and we have to find the molar heat capacity of the gas. Note:Ideal gas ...
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Expression for kinetic energy of gas per molecule

The average kinetic energy (KE) per molecule of a gas is $\frac{3}{2}kT$. While finding this we do $$ \text{ Average KE} =\frac{1}{2} M \frac{1}{N}\sum v^2=\frac{3}{2}kT$$ But why do we not add ...
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naive question on Boltzmann equation and conservation laws

The Boltzmann equation in absence of external force reads: $\frac{\partial f}{\partial t} + \vec{v} \cdot \frac{\partial f}{\partial \vec{r}} = \left( \frac{\partial f}{\partial t}\right)_{coll}$ ...
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Photon gas kinetic theory

Suppose a black body as an enclosure of volume $V$ with a hole of section $A$. In the interior there is a photon gas, whose energy density $u$ is, at temperature $T$. $$ u=cT^4$$ How can I show that ...
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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 ...
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Pressure change due to fan removing air from a non-airtight room

The following problem occurred to me today: Suppose a $100\mathrm{cfm}$ fan is pushing air out of a large room which is airtight except for a $10 \mathrm{cm}^2$ hole. The air pressure outside the ...
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Difference in vertical stratification of partial pressure due to gravity

Say you have a mixture of two ideal gases in the presence of gravity. There is a vertical pressure gradient on the mixture due to the force balance. This condition is required to prevent the entire ...
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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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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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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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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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Rate of effusion in kinetic molecular theory?

According to the kinetic molecular theory obeying Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution of speeds, the rate of effusion through a pinhole of area $A$ is $$R=\frac{PA}{\sqrt{2\pi M R T}}$$ where $M$ is the ...
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Validity of the Multi-Species Navier-Stokes Equations for real gases

I'm wondering what are the validity limits of Multi-Species Navier-Stokes equations. I'm aware of the limit for rarefied gases. But is there any new limit that arises in the context of real gases? I ...
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What conditions must be met for a ball to roll perfectly down an incline without slipping?

What conditions must be met for a ball to roll perfectly down an incline without slipping? A mathematically rigorous definition, please. I honestly don't know where to begin with answering this ...