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Unformatted text preview: Name:__________________________________________ Date:__________________________ PHYS 360 Lecture Question #39 Statistical mechanics combines the macroscopic science of thermodynamics with the microscopic picture of atoms. This is summarized in the following relationship: 2 1 =3 2 mvavg 2 k BT Consider a dilute gas of helium atoms in a large container. This equation means that the temperature of this gas is just a measure of the average kinetic energy of the helium atoms. If you put this container on a hot stove so that a quantity of thermal energy Q is...
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2011 for the course PHYS 360 taught by Professor Durbin,stephen during the Spring '11 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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