1. Apr 27, 2012

### naimagul

An ideal gas with g =1.5 is expanded adiabatically. How many times has the gas to be expanded to reduce the rms velocity of molecules 2 times?

2. Apr 27, 2012

### haruspex

rms speed = √(3kT/m), where k is the Boltzmann constant and m the mass of one molecule.
So to halve the speed you need 1/4 of the absolute temperature.
For adiabatic process, T.V$^{γ-1}$ = constant
With γ = 1.5 you'd need 16 times the volume.

3. Apr 28, 2012

### naimagul

Thanks for your help. It was great solving the problem.