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This simulation provides an interactive simulation of an ideal gas.  Users can change the number of gas molecules in a chamber, change the volume, add/remove heat, and change gravity. Users can explore the relationship between changes in kinetic energy of the gas molecules and heat. This item is part of a larger collection of simulations developed by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET).
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Thermo & Stat Mech
- First Law
= Adiabatic Processes
= Isobaric Processes
= Isochoric Processes
= Isothermal Processes
- Kinetic and Diffusive Processes
= Kinetic Theory
- Models
= Ideal Gas
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
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- Educators
- application/java
- text/html
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© 2005 University of Colorado at Boulder
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First Law of thermodynamics, conservation of energy, energy, heat, ideal gas, thermodynamics
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Metadata instance created October 5, 2006 by Caroline Hall
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August 18, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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PhET Simulation: Gas Properties. (2006, March 3). Retrieved June 13, 2024, from PhET:
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