College Physics (4th Edition)

Published by McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 10: 0073512141
ISBN 13: 978-0-07351-214-3

Chapter 14 - Conceptual Questions - Page 532: 14


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The molar specific heat of a gas depends on the degrees of freedom. Monoatomic gases have only the 3 translational degrees of freedom, whereas diatomic gases have 3 translational and 2 rotational, total 5 degrees of freedom. Hence, the molar specific heat of diatomic gases is greater than that of monoatomic gases.
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