I had a thought-experiment I was pondering the other day. If you could somehow isolate a single atom inside a vacuum inside a Faraday cage, how would that atom behave in terms of translational movement?
AtrusReNavah said:But there's nothing to "push" against? It's all alone and doesn't have the nearby interactions of other atoms to make its own vibrations "count" so to speak. Or at least this is my question.
(a la similar to one trying to run on ice)
AtrusReNavah said:Yes, but if its energy to "bounce" is from its initial kinetic energy when you got it in there, how does it keep bouncing? Wouldn't this energy eventually run out/not be useable for the same kind of movement?
Matterwave said:Your posts seem to suggest (sorry if I misinterpreted) that you think an object needs to be constantly supplied with energy to stay in motion. This is untrue. An object in motion will stay in uniform motion unless acted on by an external force. This is Newton's first law.
AtrusReNavah said:I was assuming as stated earlier that when it "bounced" some of that energy would be transferred.
Really though what I was interested in was if gravity could pull it to the bottom.
Translational movement of a signal atom in a vacuum refers to the movement of an atom or molecule in a straight line without any rotation or vibration, within a vacuum environment. This movement can be caused by various factors such as temperature, pressure, and electric or magnetic fields.
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