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    (Chemistry Question) What is pressure?

    Is pressure the velocity of the particles when they collide in their environment? (self-made definiton to see if I understand)
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    Quote Originally Posted by s3a View Post
    Is pressure the velocity of the particles when they collide in their environment? (self-made definiton to see if I understand)
    Pressure is the average force per unit area due to the kinetic energy of the particles causing them to collide off the boundaries of their environment.

    The more kinetic energy, the more collisions per unit time, and the more forceful the collisions are.
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    yes in physics you learn that P= F/A or pressure equals force divided by area and kinetic energy which is a force = .5 mv^2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredricktator View Post
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    and kinetic energy which is a force = .5 mv^2.
    Kinetic energy is NOT a force.
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    LOL

    More specifically, kinetic energy is a nonnegative scalar quantity. Conversely, force is a vector, with the direction of the acceleration vector and norm of the acceleration vector scaled by mass.

    You can find the kinetic energy by integrating force over a path...
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