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Nov16-12, 04:58 AM
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Ok, so I am currently building a cloud chamber for a major presentation in the area of Thermodynamics (or Energy and Temperature) and i've been thinking quite a bit about this theory....and i could be don't tell me off about it....

So the general physics of a cloud chamber, Isopropyl evaporates and moves down the chamber where it is met by the cold dry ice and it supersaturates and produces a cloud (per say)....high energy particles passes through this cloud and due to their ionisation energies they leave a trail in it's path....

Now specifically i'm looking at alpha particles, 2 protons, 2 neutrons and no electrons (as opposed to it's Helium counterpart which has electrons), alpha particles technically do have mass and just like any other particle that has a mass should be influenced by outside energies (my assumption)....say for example an alpha particle in a vacuum box with no resistance to air, elastic will have a fixed energy (or so i'd assume)....but what if this box was to be heated....would they gain energy? Would they gain extra velocity? Would they obey the standard Boltzmann Energy equation? Or would they just decay in their already known lifetime?

It's a really stupid question that i'm somewhat unable to ask anyone else without sounding silly....and it could be absolutely wrong....i'm trying to incorporate the cloud chamber into a thermodynamics aspect of the show and i don't see how....
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