Kinetic Molecular Theory


Definition of Kinetic molecular theory

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About Kinetic Molecular Theory

Kinetic Molecular Theory describes the behavior of different stats of matter( Solid, Liquid and GAS). It is articulated as the best model for an ideal gas this is the reason it is also called kinetic molecular theory of gases.

Kinetic Theory of Gases

It was an idea of some scientist like Maxwell & Bolzmann that the properties of gases are due to their molecular motion. This motion of the molecules is related with the kinetic energy, so the postulates give by the scientist about the behaviour of gases are collectively known as kinetic molecular theory of gases.

The postulates of kinetic molecular theory are as follows.

  1. All gases consists of very large number of tiny particles called molecules.
  2. These molecules are widely separated from each other and are so small that they are invisible.
  3. The size of the molecules is very small as compared to the distance between them.
  4. There is no attractive or repulsive force between molecules so they can move freely.
  5. The molecules are very hard and perfectly elastic so when they collide no loss of energy takes place.
  6. The gas molecules are in continuous motion they move in a straight path until they collide. The distance between two continuous collision is called Mean Free Path.
  7. During their motion these molecules are collided with one another and with the walls of the container.
  8. The collision of the molecules are perfectly elastic. When molecules collide they rebound with perfect elasticity and without loss or gain of energy.
  9. The pressure of the gas is the result of collision of molecules on the walls of the container.
  10. The average kinetic energy of gas molecules depends upon the absolute temperature. At any given temperature the molecules of all gases have the same average kinetic energy (1/2 mv2).

Kinetic Theory of Liquids

The assumptions of Kinetic Theory of Liquids are as follows.

  1. The particles of a liquid are very close to each other due to which a liquid has fixed volume.
  2. The particles in a liquid are free to move so they have no definite shape.
  3. During the motion these molecules collides with each other and with the walls of the container.
  4. These molecules possess kinetic which is directly proportional to its absolute temperature.

Kinetic Theory of Solids

This Kinetic Theory of Solids is based on the following assumptions.

  1. The particles in a solid are very closely packed due to strong attractive forces between the molecules.
  2. These molecules are present at a fixed position and are unable to move.
  3. They have definite shape because the particles are arranged in a fixed pattern.
  4.  They possess only vibrational energy.

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