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Gas Boom!

  1. Jul 14, 2005 #1

    My first posting and doubtless it betrays my ignorance :rofl:

    Doing the basic maths for an ideal gas, I find that the speed of a molecule exceeds the speed of sound through the same gas. I know jets make a terrific 'boom' when they break the sound barrier. Why don't gases go boom? Or have I got the maths wrong? I like to think Nature very kindly chooses to break her own laws rather than let trifling molecules break the sound barrier, which would offend the ears of us more significant particles. Am I right or am I wrong? Any advice would be most welcome :approve:

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