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Published May 2004 | Published + Submitted
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A microscopic, mechanical derivation of the adiabatic gas relation


It is shown that the ideal gas adiabatic relation, PV^γ = constant, can be derived by considering the motion of a particle bouncing elastically between a stationary wall and a moving wall.

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© 2004 American Association of Physics Teachers. Received 24 June 2003; accepted 1 October 2003. The author wishes to thank D.L. Goodstein for suggesting that non-monatomic molecules ought to be considered. This work was supported in part by USDOE.

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