Support for Java Applets, including Physlets, has been discontinued by browsers and Oracle. Thus, traditional Java-based Physlets are no longer supported on this website. Please note Open Source Physics (OSP) Java programs continue to run on computers with Java if users download the jar file.

The OSP team is busy updating and developing simulations using HTML5 + JavaScript.
These simulations run on almost all platforms including tablets and cellphones. Explore the Third Edition of Physlets Physics or search OSP for JavaScript to find these simulations.

Chapter 20: Kinetic Theory and Ideal Gas Law

The connection between the macroscopic quantities of temperature and pressure and the microscopic quantities of internal energy and momentum is the subject of the kinetic theory of gases. We use the ideal gas as a model system to explore the connections between macroscopic and microscopic quantities. Often, we will use pressure-volume diagrams (PV diagrams) to provide a description of a thermodynamic process to show the work done and the change in internal energy associated with an input of energy.

Table of Contents




Thermodynamics TOC

Overview TOC

The OSP Network:
Open Source Physics - Tracker - EJS Modeling
Physlet Physics
Physlet Quantum Physics