equipartition of energy

[ ee-kwuh-pahr-tish-uh n, ek-wuh-, ee-kwuh-, ek-wuh ]
/ ˈi kwə pɑrˈtɪʃ ən, ˈɛk wə-, ˌi kwə-, ˌɛk wə /

noun Thermodynamics.

the theorem that the kinetic energy is the same for each degree of freedom in a system in thermal equilibrium.

Nearby words

  1. equip,
  2. equip.,
  3. equipage,
  4. equiparation,
  5. equipartition,
  6. equipment,
  7. equipoise,
  8. equipollent,
  9. equiponderance,
  10. equiponderate

Origin of equipartition of energy

First recorded in 1900–05; equi- + partition

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