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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

One container is filled with argon gas and another with helium gas. Both containers are at the same temperature. Which atoms have the higher rms speed? (a) argon, (b) helium, (c) they have the same speed, or (d) not enough information to say.

To determine
The rms speed.

Explanation

The rms speed is given by,

vrms=3RTM

  • R is the gas constant.
  • T is the temperature.
  • M is the molar mass.

Both the containers are at the same temperature. Therefore, vrms is proportional to M0.5

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