November 20, 2011

5.16 Kelvin and Kinetic energy

5.16 understand that the Kelvin temperature of the gas is proportional to the average kinetic energy of its molecules.

What the graph above shows is that the average speed of the particles squared (v2) is directly proportional to the temperature of the particles in Kelvin. What this means is that as we increase the absolute temperature of the particles we can predict the average speed of the particles.

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