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The elastic collisions of gas

  1. Mar 27, 2009 #1
    I have read that when a gas atom or molecule collides with the wall of a container that the collision is completely elastic, and that the gas particle has the same energy after the collision as it did before the collision. I don't understand how it could transfer pressure to the container wall if it did not lose energy though.
     
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  3. Mar 27, 2009 #2
    Pressure being transferred doesn't mean work is being done.

    For work to be done there should be a pressure along with a volume change.
     
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