You might have played cricket, for sure. A bowler's angled toss causes the ball to strike the ground and exert power on it. The ground also exerts a reaction force on the ball in accordance with Newton's third law of motion. This response force causes the ball to travel farther. A gas molecule is seen as a little ball in a similar way. which exerted pressure on the container's wall after colliding with it. A theory known as the kinetic theory of gases is based on this behaviour of the gas.
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The intermolecular interactions in gases are exceedingly weak, allowing the molecules to scatter in all directions. Therefore, the gas has the following characteristics:
Before starting our discussion on kinetic theory of gases let’s understand the assumptions that have been made to analyse gas and its behaviour.
Gas kinetic theory relates the microscopic characteristics of the gas molecules to the macroscopic characteristics of gases. In reality, the kinetic theory of gases makes an effort to create a model of the molecular behaviour that ought to produce the behaviour of an ideal gas as it is observed. It is based on the following assumption:
The main reason behind the pressure of a gas, which is kept inside a container, is the incessant collision of gas molecules with the walls of the container. Consider a gas molecule of mass m and a container of cubical shape whose each side is of length l, as shown in the figure.
Consider the cartesian coordinate system and let the velocity of the gas molecule be v=vxi+vyj+vzk. Now, consider only the x-direction motion of the molecule and the collision of it with the right wall of the container (shaded region of the figure). Momentum of the molecule along x-direction before collision is, mvxi and after collision is, -mvxi. Therefore, the change in momentum that the molecule bears is,
So, the change in momentum that the wall of the container bears is, pwall=2mvxi. Time elapsed between two successive collisions is the distance travelled by the molecule divided by its velocity, i.e.
So, the force applied on the wall by one molecule in x-direction is,
Net force applied by all molecules in the container on its wall is as follows:
Now every molecules have the velocity,
For a gas containing infinite number of molecules,
Now by putting vx2=v23……..in equation (1) we get,
Fwall=mlv23NN where, N is the number of molecules in the gas
Fwall=13mgaslv2N where mgas=mN=total mass of the gas
Therefore, the pressure of the gas, where the factor 6 denotes the fact that now we are considering 6 walls of the container, so,
where gas is the density of the gas,
Now, consider that N molecules of the gas have velocity v1, v2, v3,............vn So RMS velocity of gas is defined as,
Since all the molecules are identical, we can assume that
Hence the expression of vrms becomes,
The root-mean-square (RMS) velocity of the gas can also be written as,
A gas that strictly obeys the gas laws is called perfect or an ideal gas. The size of the molecule of an ideal gas is zero, i.e., each molecule is a point mass with no dimension. No forces of attraction or repulsion exist between gas molecule pairs. All real gases are not perfect gases. However, at extremely low pressure and high temperature, the gases such as hydrogen, nitrogen and helium, are nearly perfect gases.
The equation that relates the pressure (P), volume (V) and temperature (T) of the given state of an ideal gas is known as the gas equation.
P: Pressure of gas
V:Volume of gas
n:Number of moles of gas
R: Gas constant
T:Temperature of gas
The motion of molecules in a gas is characterised by any of the following three speeds, such as root-mean-square speed, most probable speed and average speed.
It is defined as the square root of the mean of squares of the speed of different molecules. I.e.
Using the expression for ideal gas pressure,
P: pressure of gas
gas: density of gas
The particles of a gas have a range of speeds. This is defined as the speed which is possessed by the maximum fraction of total number of molecules of the gas. For example, if speeds of 10 molecules of a gas are 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4,4, 5, 6, 6 kms-1 then the most probable speed is 4 kms-1 as the maximum fraction of total molecules possess this speed.
It is the arithmetic mean of the speed of molecules in a gas at a given temperature. I.e.
According to kinetic theory of gases,
The gas laws are a set of rules that establish relationships between the various parameters of the gas like: pressure, volume, temperature and number of molecules. These laws control how gases behave. The four fundamental gas laws are:
We'll go through each law one at a time.
According to Boyle’s Law, for a given mass of an ideal gas at a constant temperature, the volume V of the gas is inversely proportional to its pressure P.
Where k is the proportionality constant.
If V1 represents the volume of a quantity of gas at pressure P1, and V2 represents the volume of the same quantity of gas at pressure P2, the above equation can be written,
The graph between pressure P and volume V can represented as,
Other types of graph are shown below.
This law was given by Jacques Charles. According to Charles's law, for a constant pressure, the volume of the given mass of a gas is directly proportional to its absolute temperature.
Where k is constant.
Let us assume that when a gas with initial volume V1 at temperature T1 is heated to a temperature T2, the volume becomes V2 at a constant pressure. Then
The graph between the volume V and absolute temperature T is shown in the figure below,
It is given by Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac. According to Gay-Lussac's law, For a constant volume, the pressure of the given mass of a gas is directly proportional to its absolute temperature.
Where k is a constant.
Consider a gas having a temperature T1 exert a pressure P1. If the temperature of the gas is increase to T2 then pressure of the gas become P2. Then
The graph between the Pressure P and absolute temperature T is shown in the figure below,
Amedeo Avogadro, an Italian scientist, proposed this law in 1811. According to the avogadro’s law, For the same condition of temperature and pressure, equal volumes of different gases contain equal numbers of molecules.
Where n is the number of the mole and k is a proportionality constant.
If a balloon contain n1 mole of a gas and having volume V1 and another balloon contain n2 mole of another gas and having volume V2 . Then
The graph between the volume V and number of moles n is shown in the figure below,
Q. At 10 atm, a 40 mL sample of gas is present. If the quantity of the gas and temperature remain constant and pressure rises to 14 atm, what will be the volume of the gas?
A. Given P1=10 atm and P2=14 atm
Using the Boyle’s Law, we have
The new volume of the gas is 28.57 mL.
Q. A sample of carbon dioxide with a volume of 50 mL and a temperature of 47oC is in a pump. Find the new volume of carbon dioxide in the pump if the temperature is raised to 87oC while the gas volume and pressure stay constant.
A. Given T1=47+273 K and T2=87+273
Using Charles's law, we have
Hence the volume of the gas is 56.25 mL
Q. A bottle filled with the gas is heated to 227oC, at which point it bursts, from room temperature of 27oC and a pressure of 2 atm. Determine the heated soda bottle's pressure.
A. Given T1=27+273 K=300 K and T2=227+273=500 K
Appling the Gay-Lussac’s Law,
Hence the pressure at the time of busting is 3.34 atm.
Q. Consider 50 moles of hydrogen gas with a volume of 6.95 m3. Calculate the volume of 80 moles of nitrogen gas under the same pressure and temperature.
A. Given n1=50 mole and n2=80 mole
According to the Avogadro’s Law
The volume of 80 mole nitrogen is 11.12 m3
Q. What is ideal gas?A. An ideal gas is one that obeys Boyle's law, Charle's law, and Avogadro's law under all temperature and pressure conditions. Such gas does not exist in reality; it is simply a hypothetical.
Q. What is the kinetic theory of gases?A. According to this theory, gases are made up of many molecules, which are moving at a certain speed and in an arbitrary direction. Their position or speed can be used to determine the macroscopic properties of gases like temperature, pressure and volume.
Q. A syringe and a bicycle pump works on which law?A. Syringe and a bicycle pump based on Boyle's law. As the volume of the cylinder is reduced , the pressure inside the cylinder increases.
Q. What is the daily life example of gay-lussac’s Law?A. The pressure cooker is an good example of gay-lussac’s Law. As the temperature rises the pressure of the fluid inside the cooker increases, when a pressure cooker is placed on a heat source.