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Root mean square velocity of CO2 molecules

by Plasma
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Feb26-08, 08:21 AM
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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

If the translationa speed of the water vapor molecules (H2O) in ir is 648 m/s, what is the translational rms speed of the carbon dioxide molecules in the same air? Both gases are at the same tmperature.

2. Relevant equations

V^2 = (3kT)/m

3. The attempt at a solution

I'm not even sure where to begin. I don't understand how knowing the water's speed helps me find the CO2's.
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Feb26-08, 08:57 AM
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A good reference.

But knowing that V^2 = (3kT)/m and that the H2O and CO2 have the same temperature T, what can one say about V2/m for each molecule?
Feb26-08, 09:15 AM
P: 37
They must be the same.

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