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Equipartitional energy

  1. Mar 27, 2004 #1
    what does the 'law of quipartitional energy' says?? what is it all about?
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  3. Mar 27, 2004 #2

    Doc Al

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    It comes from thermodynamics and kinetic theory. The law of equipartion of energy says that when molecules are in equilibrium the average energy associated with each degree of freedom is 1/2kT (k is Boltzmann's constant).

    As an example take a monatomic gas. All it's atoms can do is translate (no rotational or vibrational modes), so the average energy per atom is 3/2kT, since there are three translational degrees of freedom.
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