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Most Probable Speed  Atoms From An Oven 
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Jan2013, 04:00 PM

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Hi there,
I'm looking to find the most probable speed of atoms ejected from an oven. Temp (T) is 900°C (so 1173.15K). The material is aluminium with molar mass 0.027kg mol^{1} I've got the formula v_{mp}=√(2kT/m) I'm fine with everything above, but I'm not sure what value to use as the Boltzmann constant k. Can anyone please help me here? Do I have the right equation and what value for the constant should I use (sounds silly, but it changes depending upon units. I've tried a couple but get silly tiny speeds out. I think I should expect something in the region of a few hundred metres per second). Many thanks Bob 


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Jan2013, 04:37 PM

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In SI units:
K = 1.38e23 J/K m = mass of one molecule = 0.027/6.022e23 kg T = 1173 K ... which gives a velocity of "hundreds of m/s" as you expected. 


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