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Derivation of 1/3nMc^2 = nRT

  1. May 7, 2016 #1
    In the derivation the first step used F=Δmv/t and for t, they used t=2L/v where L is the distance between one end to the other end of the wall.

    But I don't understand why we use 2L as the distance. Isn't the force exerted by that molecule only for the very short period where the molecule is in contact with the wall only? For example when we look at a car crash we look at that short moment when the car comes to a stop from an extremely high speed- shouldn't the same be applied?
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  3. May 7, 2016 #2
    actually they calculate average force and the time interval is between two collisions taken as a round trip by a molecule after hitting a wall.
    and there is a factor 2 also for the momentum change
    F = delta p = 2 m v(x) x delta t and delta t= 2L/v(x)
  4. May 7, 2016 #3
    Could you explain why using the change in momentum from one end to the other for the duration need (t) would give us the average force? I have not been exposed to the concept of an average force before so I'm not sure how to use it. Thanks!
    Last edited: May 7, 2016
  5. May 7, 2016 #4
    i think the term 'average' is used by people if there are variations in 'individual' events but sum /total of the effect carried out can be averaged over a large number of identical measurements/events. due to large number of molecules in random motion inside the container and colliding with each other as well as with the walls of the container ,an observer can think of averaging over the state of motion rather than takinng individual molecules and adding individual characteristic path , motion and impulse transferred to the wall of the enclosure.

    in kinetic theory the picture is almost above therefore the average force/average velocity and other terms are being used'
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