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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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Is Avogadro's law applicable for atoms or just for molecules?

I notice that online definitions of this experimental law always say, molecules or atoms. From the Wikipedia article on Avogadro's Law: $${\frac {V_{1}}{n_{1}}}={\frac {V_{2}}{n_{2}}}$$ The ...
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Why do most gases dissolve easier at colder temperatures?

Gases dissolve in water at cold temperatures but solids dissolve in water at warm temperatures? Is this because of the geometrical properties of Carbon, Oxygen, and Hydrogen? Also, is it better to ...
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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 also,...
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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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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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Why is the internal energy of a real gas a function of pressure and temperature only?

While studying thermodynamics, I read that the internal energy of an ideal gas is a function of temperature only. On searching the internet, i found an article which stated that the internal energy of ...
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What is the pressure of a charged gas?

I have $N$ ${\rm H}^+$ gas molecules in a sealed, electrically insulated container. What equation can I use to accurately calculate the pressure of the gas? It seems to me that $PV = nRT$ will not ...
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Why aren't interactions between molecules of an ideal gas and walls of container negligible?

In the ideal gas, the volume of a molecule and the interactions between the molecules are assumed to be negligible. Why aren't the interactions between the molecules and the walls of the container ...
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How is ideal gas law applicable to real gas?

I read one of the questions here on physics.stack exchange proving how the speed of sound increases with temperature using ideal gas law equation and adiabatic index. Here's the link: How can the ...
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Does the term “diatomic ideal gas” make any sense?

As per the kinetic theory of ideal gases, ideal gases are considered to behave as point particles that occupy negligible volume, and exert no intermolecular attractions. At the same time, diatomic ...
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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} = \frac{V_2}{...
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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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Why is there a spike in the heat capacity of a diatomic gas, at around the rotational temperature of the molecule?

While studying for my Statistical thermodynamics test, I encountered this graph Source: https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/variation-of-specific-heat-with-temperature.399514/ I know this isn't ...
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How to deduce $E=(3/2)kT$?

It says in my course notes for undergraduate environmental physics 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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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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Why is there a constant in the ideal gas law?

Why do we have constants? Consider, for example, the ideal gas law, $$PV = nRT \, . \tag{ideal gas law}$$ Sometimes I believe that the constant is there in order to make the equation work (make the ...
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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 two ...
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How is there still gas in the atmosphere?

The speed of molecules in the atmosphere vary, and can exceed the escape velocity of the earth, $11\:\mathrm{km\:s^{-1}}$ If this happens, and has been happening for millions of years, how hasn't all ...
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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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Work done by isothermal expansion from two different viewpoints

Consider an adiabatic system as follows. It consists of a gas in a container and a piston. Initially, the system is at equilibrium and the gas inside it occupies a volume $V_i$ at a pressure $p_i$ ...
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Adiabatic expansion in the atmosphere

When an air parcel rises and cools adiabatically, it is said that there is no heat transfer as work is done on the surrounding atmosphere as the parcel expands. The parcel loses internal energy 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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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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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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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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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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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 are gasses difficult to see? [duplicate]

Why are gases difficult to see?
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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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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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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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RMS Speed of Gas Molecule for Polyatomic Molecules

Halliday in his book and also many people say that RMS speed, $v_{rms}$ is $\sqrt{\frac{3RT}{M}}$. However, he used this formula in showing that kinetic energy, $K$, is $\frac32kT$. but how about ...
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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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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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Why/How is $PV=k$ true in an ideal gas?

So, I'm pretty noobish when it comes to physics or math, but this thing came into my head. We have our ideal gas equation: $PV=nRT$. So under constant temperature and amount of particles $PV=k$. So $...
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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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As I inflate a balloon at a constant temperature does the pressure of gases inside it on the balloon increase?

I know it's a dumb question but I am having a little misunderstanding with Boyle's Law. Shouldn't pressure be inversely proportional with Volume , or this is meant for the pressure outside of gases ...
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'Equations of State' - is it wrong to derive dynamic relationships from these equations?

When we speak of 'Equations of State' I believe we are most often referring to a steady state equilibrium relationship between particular state variables. Am I wrong? For example, the famous ideal ...
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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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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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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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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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Maximum work obtained by mixing 2 gases

Two boxes containing the same number of moles of two ideal identical gases with the same adiabatic index (this is given as $\gamma$), at the same initial temperature $T_i$ but with different ...
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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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Sound level of organ pipe driven by helium

The sound pressure level of an organ pipe is a function of the gas flow rate delivered to the pipe. Source Would the sound level of an organ pipe driven by helium be lower than that of a pipe driven ...