Statement of a problem № 10794


The temperature near the surface of the earth is 291 K. A xenon atom (atomic mass 5 131.29 u) has a kinetic energy equal to the average translational kinetic energy and is moving straight up. If the atom does not collide with any other atoms or molecules, how high up will it go before coming to rest? Assume that the acceleration due to gravity is constant throughout the ascent.

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