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written by Kyle Forinash
This web page contains a simulation of Brownian motion.  One larger particle represents a macroscopically visible object (pollen grain) and smaller particles represent water molecules.  Users may view speed vs. time or kinetic energy vs. time graphs as the particles collide randomly.  Related context-rich questions elicit thinking about how average speed and average kinetic energy are related to object size.  Are the objects in thermal equilibrium?

This page is part of a collection of Java applets with tutorial questions developed for students of undergraduate physics.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Thermo & Stat Mech
- Kinetics and Dynamics
= Approach to Equilibrium
= Brownian Motion
- Models
= Ideal Gas
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- New teachers
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© 2003 Kyle Forinash
Keywords:
applet, brownian motion, gas law, ideal gas, ideal gas law, particle collisions, physlet, random motion, random walk, simulation, thermal equilibrium
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created June 27, 2008 by Christopher Allen
Record Updated:
January 25, 2011 by Lyle Barbato
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September 1, 2006
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K. Forinash, (2003), WWW Document, (http://homepages.ius.edu/kforinas/physlets/thermo/BrownianA.html).
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K. Forinash, Indiana University Southeast Physics Applets: Brownian Motion Simulation (2003), <http://homepages.ius.edu/kforinas/physlets/thermo/BrownianA.html>.
APA Format
Forinash, K. (2006, September 1). Indiana University Southeast Physics Applets: Brownian Motion Simulation. Retrieved July 22, 2014, from http://homepages.ius.edu/kforinas/physlets/thermo/BrownianA.html
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Forinash, Kyle. Indiana University Southeast Physics Applets: Brownian Motion Simulation. September 1, 2006. http://homepages.ius.edu/kforinas/physlets/thermo/BrownianA.html (accessed 22 July 2014).
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Forinash, Kyle. Indiana University Southeast Physics Applets: Brownian Motion Simulation. 2003. 1 Sep. 2006. 22 July 2014 <http://homepages.ius.edu/kforinas/physlets/thermo/BrownianA.html>.
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