Van der Waals

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Van der Waals

Lat: 44.02°S, Long: 120.04°E, Diam: 116.44 km, Depth: km, Rükl: (farside)

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Left: LROC WAC mosaic image (No.s' M130869382ME and M130855791ME).


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(LAC zone 117C1) USGS Digital Atlas PDF


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Van der Waals

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Johannes Diderik van der Waals (November 23, 1837 - March 8, 1923) was a Dutch scientist and thermodynamicist famous for his work on the equation of state for gases and liquids which describe the relation between the pressure, volume, and temperature of fluids (gases and liquids). In deriving his equation of state van der Waals assumed not only the existence of molecules (which in physics was disputed at the time), but also that they are of finite size and attract each other. Since he was one of the first to postulate an intermolecular force, however rudimentary, such a force is now sometimes called a van der Waals force. For his work he won the 1910 Nobel Prize in physics.

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Graphic LAC No. 117. Excerpt from the USGS Digital Atlas of the Moon.

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