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By James Jeans

This booklet might be defined as a student's version of the author's Dynamical idea of Gases. it really is written, besides the fact that, with the wishes of the coed of physics and actual chemistry in brain, and people elements of which the curiosity used to be more often than not mathematical were discarded. this doesn't suggest that the ebook includes no critical mathematical dialogue; the dialogue particularly of the distribution legislation is sort of specified; yet basically the maths is worried with the dialogue of specific phenomena instead of with the dialogue of basics.

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Is a function of x only, while/must be a function of the obvious extension of formula (39) is RT f(u, v, w, x, y,z) = A Be , where A B is a new constant, being A times the former constant B. We shall see later that this is the usual law of distribution for a gas in its steady state. I t is customary to write h for 1/2RT, so that the formula becomes f(u,v,w,x,y,z) = ABe-hn*u2+v2+w*>-2hx (40) 2h The two factors B and e~ x express the law of distribution of the molecules in space in accordance with formula (39).

The aggregate of the impacts which the molecules exert on the walls before they are brought to rest is then given by half of expression (1); the other half represents the impacts which the walls exert on the molecules to restore their motion. Then the total pressure is as before. Even the supposition that the average energy of a molecule is unchanged by impact with the boundary may not of course be strictly true. If a very hot gas is put into a very cold vessel, we know that the vessel will acquire heat from the gas, and will continue to do so until the temperatures of the gas and vessel are equal.

The assumption was introduced solely for the sake of simplicity, and is probably not true (see § 34, below). But it is in no way essential to the proof. All that is necessary is that the molecules should, on the average, leave the walls with energy equal to that with which they arrive. The aggregate of the impacts which the molecules exert on the walls before they are brought to rest is then given by half of expression (1); the other half represents the impacts which the walls exert on the molecules to restore their motion.

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