Lena W.

asked • 05/03/15

Ideal gas, potential energy help

Let us consider an ideal gas in a gravitational field which is uniform with strength g. The gas is trapped in a highly realistic h=10km vertical column of height h with perfectly insulating walls. The bottom of the container is in contact with a metal plate maintained at temperature T.

The hamiltonian applying to the gas particles is:

H= (p2/2m) + mgz

I want to find the mean potential energy of the particles in the gas and thereby find the mean elevation of the particles assuming the gas is helium, T=300K, h=10km and the cylinder is on earth.

Please if someone can help me, that would be awesome

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Stanton D. answered • 05/11/15

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