equipartition of energy

Definition of equipartition of energy

: an ideal condition postulated as existing among the molecules, atoms, and ions of a gas or vapor wherein the total heat energy is equally apportioned among the various degrees of freedom possessed by those particles, the realization of this ideal at lower temperatures often being impaired by quantum restrictions

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“Equipartition of energy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equipartition%20of%20energy. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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