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kinetic theory

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A theory of the thermodynamic behavior of matter, especially the relationships among pressure, volume, and temperature in gases, based on the dependence of temperature on the kinetic energy of the rapidly moving particles of a substance. The theory uses statistical mechanics under the presumption that energy and momentum are conserved in all collisions between particles.
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kinetic theory

n
(General Physics) the kinetic theory a theory of gases postulating that they consist of particles of negligible size moving at random and undergoing elastic collisions. In full: the kinetic theory of gases
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Noun1.kinetic theory - (physics) a theory that gases consist of small particles in random motion
scientific theory - a theory that explains scientific observations; "scientific theories must be falsifiable"
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
kinetic theory of heat - a theory that the temperature of a body increases when kinetic energy increases
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