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Use any reasonable estimate for the volume of the tire. Do you think they can do this quickly enough to prevent a significant amount of air from escaping? This theorem concerns not just translational kinetic energy but all forms of energy for which the formula is a quadratic function of a coordinate or velocity component.

Each such form of energy is called a degree of freedom. So far, the only degrees of freedom I've talked about are translational motion in the X, y, and z directions. Other degrees of freedom might include rotational motion, vibrational motion, and elastic potential energy as stored in a spring. Look at 1. The sixth expression is for elastic potential energy, a function of the spring constant ks and the amount of displacement from equilibrium, x.

If a system contains N molecules, each with f degrees of freedom, and there are no other non-quadratic temperature-dependent forms of energy, then its total thermal energy is 1. I'll prove the equipartition theorem in Section 6. First of all, the quantity Uthermal is almost never the total energy of a system; there's also "static" energy that doesn't change as you change the temperature, such as energy stored in chemical bonds or the rest energies mc 2 of all the particles in the system.

So it's safest to apply the equipartition theorem only to changes in energy when the temperature is raised or lowered, and to avoid phase transformations and other reactions in which bonds between particles may be broken. This is a skill best learned through examples. Rotation about the axis running down the length of the molecule doesn't count, for reasons having to do with quantum mechanics. Rotation about the third axis, down the length of the molecule, is not allowed.

However, most polyatomic molecules can rotate about all three axes. It's not obvious why a rotational degree of freedom should have exactly the same average energy as a translational degree of freedom. However, if you imagine gas molecules knocking around inside a container, colliding with each other and with the walls, you can see how the average rotational energy should eventually reach some equilibrium value that is larger if the molecules are moving fast high temperature and smaller if the molecules are moving slow low temperature.

In any particular collision, rotational energy might be converted to translational energy or vice versa, but on average these processes should balance out. A diatomic molecule can also vibrate, as if the two atoms were held together by a spring. More complicated molecules can vibrate in a variety of ways: stretching, flexing, twisting. Each "mode" of vibration counts as two degrees of freedom.

However, at room temperature many vibrational degrees of freedom do not contribute to a molecule's thermal energy.

So air molecules N2 and O 2 , for instance, have only five degrees of freedom, not seven, at room temperature. At higher temperatures, the vibrational modes do eventually contribute.

We say that these modes are "frozen out" at room temperature; evidently, collisions with other molecules are sufficiently violent to make an air molecule rotate, but hardly ever violent enough to make it vibrate.

A simple model of a crystalline solid is shown in Figure 1. If we let N stand for the number of atoms and f stand for the number of degrees of freedom per atom, then we can use equation 1. Again, however, some of the degrees of freedom may be "frozen out" at room temperature.

Liquids are more complicated than either gases or solids. The "bed-spring" model of a crystalline solid. Each atom is like a ball, joined to its neighbors by springs. You might be wondering what practical consequences the equipartition theorem has: How can we test it, experimentally?

In brief, we would have to add some energy to a system, measure how much its temperature changes, and compare to equation 1. I'll discuss this procedure in more detail, and show some experimental results, in Section 1.

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Calculate the total thermal energy in a liter of helium at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. Then repeat the calculation for a liter of air. Calculate the total thermal energy in a gram of lead at room temperature, assuming that none of the degrees of freedom are "frozen out" this happens to be a good assumption in this case.

List all the degrees of freedom, or as many as you can, for a molecule of water vapor. Think carefully about the various ways in which the molecule can vibrate. Much of students' difficulty with thermodynamics comes from confusing these three concepts with each other.

We have just seen that in many cases, when the energy content of a system increases, so does its temperature. But please don't think of this as the definition of temperature-it's merely a statement about temperature that happens to be true. Unfortunately, I can't do this. Energy is the most fundamental dynamical concept in all of physics, and for this reason, I can't tell you what it is in terms of something more fundamental.

This is the famous law of conservation of energy. This image is convenient but wrong-there simply isn't any such fluid. If you notice that the energy of the system increases, you can conclude that some energy came in from outside; it can't have been manufactured on the spot, since this would violate the law of conservation of energy. Similarly, if the energy of your system decreases, then some energy must have escaped and gone elsewhere.

There are all sorts of mechanisms by which energy can be put into or taken out of a system.

However, in thermodynamics, we usually classify these mechanisms under two categories: heat and work. We say that "heat" flows from a warm radiator into a cold room, from hot water into a cold ice cube, and from the hot sun to the cool earth.

The mechanism may be different in each case, but in each of these processes the energy transferred is called "heat. You do work on a system whenever you push on a piston, stir a cup of coffee, or run current through a resistor.

In each case, the system's energy will increase, and usually its temperature will too. But we don't say that the system is being "heated," because the flow of energy is not a spontaneous one caused by a difference in temperature.

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Usually, with work, we can identify some "agent" possibly an inanimate object that is "actively" putting energy into the system; it wouldn't happen "automatically. It is strange to think that there is no "heat" entering your hands when you rub them together to warm them up, or entering a cup of tea that you are warming in the microwave. Nevertheless, both of these processes are classified as work, not heat. Notice that both heat and work refer to energy in transit.

You can talk about the total energy inside a system, but it would be meaningless to ask how much heat, or how much work, is in a system. We can only discuss how much heat entered a system, or how much work was done on a system.

I'll use the symbol U for the total energy inside a system.

The symbols Q and W will represent the amounts of energy that enter a system as heat and work, respectively, during any time period of interest. Either one could be negative, if energy leaves the system.

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Then equation 1. This sign convention is convenient when dealing with heat engines, but I find it confusing in other situations. My sign convention is consistently followed by chemists, and seems to be catching on among physicists. Another notational issue concerns the fact that we'll often want 6. U, Q, and W to be infinitesimal. In such cases I'll usually write dU instead of 6.Views Total views.

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Strictly speaking, my derivation breaks down if molecules exert forces on each other, or if collisions with the walls are inelastic, or if the ideal gas law itself fails. Actions Shares. An annual anal Recommend Documents. An introduction to atmospheric physics.

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