Average KE of one atom of He

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Homework Statement



What is the average kinetic energy of an atom of helium gas at a temperature of 20 degrees C?


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Here's my attempt at a solution: Using the equation E = kT/2 for each degree of freedom, I found that KE = 3kT/2 since an atom of He has three degrees of freedom in translational KE. Using this logic I fould that KE = 6.1 x 10^-21 while the correct answer should be 4.0 x 10^-21. Can someone help me understand where my logic/reasoning is incorrect? Thanks.
 

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Delphi51
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Looks okay to me. Someone got the 4.0 answer by just finding kT.
 
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That's what I thought my teacher might have done. Thanks!
 

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