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## Homework Statement

(a)What is the mean free path for oxygen molecules at 300K and atmospheric

pressure (105 Pa) and the average frequency of collisions for a particular molecule?

(The diameter of an oxygen molecule is 0.29 nm).

(b)What is the mean free path of oxygen molecules at an altitude of 300 km, where

the pressure is only 10-11 atmospheres? (Assume the temperature is 300 K). Comment

on the implications of your result for simulating conditions at these altitudes in the

laboratory.

(c) Compare the ratio of λ to the average molecular separation for oxygen at sea level

and at an altitude of 300 km.

## Homework Equations

[tex]\lambda = \frac{kT}{4*\pi*\sqrt{2}*r^{2}p}[/tex]

## The Attempt at a Solution

I've done parts (b) and (c) I think, and got answers of 1.11*10^-9m and 1.11*10^9m for the mean free paths. I have no idea how to do part (c) though. Just thinking about it, you would expect the ratio to stay roughly 1, since the average molecular separation and mean free path should increase alongside one another. How do you get an estimate of the average separation though?!

Thanks.