A system of physical chemistry - Index of


A system of physical chemistry - Index of



molecule possesses therefore in all five degrees of freedom as on the older

theory. It will be observed that Krligerdoes not take into account any

vibration of the nuclei with respect to one another along the path or

figure-axis joining their centres. Calling the molecular heat C„, then, in

the region of temperature in which the equipartition principle holds, it

follows that C„ is given by the relation—

C„ = 5R/2 = 4-96.

It will be recalled that the molecular heat of hydrogen in the neighbourhood

of 0° C. is 4"9 to 5*2 cals., whilst at 2000° abs. it is of the order

6-5 cals.

Kriiger further points out that the two degrees of freedom which correspond

to the precessional vibrations can be treated from the quantum

standpoint just as in the analogous case of the vibrations of a solid : that

is, the energy content decreases with falling temperature and converges

to zero at zero temperature. A marked decrease in energy content

with lowering of temperature has been shown experimentally to be the

case with hydrogen by Eucken [Siizungs. Akad. IViss., Berlin, 191 2,

p. 14 {cf. Chap. IV.)), The curve obtained by Eucken for the molecular

heat points to a single frequency independent of the temperature.

For the special

case of the hydrogen molecule in which the optical

properties yield quantitative values for the gyroscopic properties, the

angular velocity of precession may be calculated and compared with

that obtained from the specific heat data. For this it purpose is necessary

to use the numerical values which Bohr has calculated for the constants

of the hydrogen molecule {Th7. Mag., [vi.], 26, 487, 191 3 (^ Chap. V.)).

For the angular momentum of a single rotating electron, fir^ifr' (where

r = the radius of the electron's path, if/' = the angular velocity of its

rotation, and jx the electronic mass), we have the value—

hl2Tr = I •06 X lo~27.

For the radius r of the electron's path Bohr finds the value x io~^cm.,

and for i//' the value 3-86 x 10^*^ per second. [The latter quantity is

just 27rw, where w has been defined in Chapter V. as the frequency of

revolution of the electron, and possesses the value 6*2 x 10^^ for the

electron of the hydrogen atom. Bohr has shown {cf. Chap. V.) that,

for the electrons of the hydrogen molecule, w is i*i times the w for the

single electron of the atom. We should therefore employ a slightly

greater value for t/^' than that adopted by Kriiger.] Further, Bohr has

calculated that 2^, the distance apart of the two atoms, is 0*635 x io~^cm.,

the mass of the atom having the value i'64 x lo"^* gram, the mass

of the electron being 8-97 x lo"'^^ gram. It follows therefore that A,

the moment of inertia of the atoms perpendicular to the figure axis,

is 2 X 1-64 X io~'^* X (0-317 x io~^)^ or 3*30 x io~*^ Similarly

moment of inertia, C, of the two electrons is given by—

2 X 8-97 X io~'-" x (5'52 X 10 ^)- or 5-43 X 10 -44

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