Ideal Gas Internal Energy


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Ariel Fern 2B
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Ideal Gas Internal Energy

Postby Ariel Fern 2B » Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:37 pm

An equation was brought up for an ideal gas that states:

U = 3/2 nRT

Where did this equation come from, and what should it be used for? Thanks so much!

Kimberly Koo 2I
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Re: Ideal Gas Internal Energy

Postby Kimberly Koo 2I » Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:42 pm

I found this in a helpful table in section 4C.3 of the textbook. It is part of a set of values that correspond to what the values of Cv,m and Cp,m would be depending on if the question asks about an atom, linear molecule, or nonlinear molecule.

AronCainBayot2K
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Re: Ideal Gas Internal Energy

Postby AronCainBayot2K » Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:50 pm

This value usually denotes Cv or Cp. The number depends on if the molecule is monoatomic, diatomic, etc.

Abigail_Hagen2G
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Re: Ideal Gas Internal Energy

Postby Abigail_Hagen2G » Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:03 pm

It's an approximation for the heat capacity of a molecule.

Caroline Beecher 2H
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Re: Ideal Gas Internal Energy

Postby Caroline Beecher 2H » Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:26 pm

Also, Dr. Lavelle mentioned in class today that we will be given those equations or the heat capacities for those specific molecules. I think we will mainly use this concept for monatomic molecules.


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