360equipartition

360equipartition

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Unformatted text preview: degrees of freedom must be considered. For diatomic and linear polyatomic molecules, rotational motion contributes 2 degrees of freedom to the total, while for nonlinear polyatomic molecules, rotational motion contributes 3 degrees of freedom. For diatomic and linear polyatomic molecules, vibrational motion contributes 2(3N–5) degrees of freedom to the total, while for nonlinear polyatomic molecules, vibrational motion contributes 2(3N–6) degrees of freedom, where N is the number of atoms in the molecule. Using these prescriptions, the total number of degrees of freedom may be determined and the equipartition theorem may then be employed to determine a theoretical prediction for the molar internal energy and the heat capacities....
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