The virial theorem and the atmosphere

Pacheco, A. F. and Sañudo, J. (2003) The virial theorem and the atmosphere. Il nuovo cimento C, 26 (3). pp. 311-316. ISSN 1826-9885

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In our atmosphere, most of the energy resides as internal energy, U, and gravitational energy P, and the proportionality U/P = cV /R = 5/2 is maintained in an air column provided there is hydrostatic equilibrium. In this paper we show that this result is a consequence of the virial theorem.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Thermodynamics ; Meteorology
Subjects: 500 Scienze naturali e Matematica > 550 Scienze della Terra > 551 Geologia, Idrologia, Meteorologia
Depositing User: Marina Spanti
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2020 14:06
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2020 14:06

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