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New equation fits nitrogen to a T

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6:00pm, February 24, 2003

As a molecule with only two atoms, which are identical, nitrogen is simple. As the stuff of 76 percent of our atmosphere, by weight, it's an important gas whose properties have been minutely measured since the 1890s. It's also a substance widely used in industry, so can there be anything new to learn about its characteristics?

Yes, say researchers who develop equations that describe thermodynamic properties of fluids.

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