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thermal equilibrium

noun, Thermodynamics
the relationship between two systems connected only by a diathermic wall.
the relationship between two isolated systems the states of which are such that no net transfer of energy would occur between them if they were connected by a diathermic wall. Unabridged
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  • The heat resulting from industry really has no effect, but shifting the thermal equilibrium with greenhouse gases does.
  • The two materials will be in thermal equilibrium when they reach the same temperature, not the same internal energy.
  • The observed potential of the system will drift until thermal equilibrium is established.
  • So, objects can attain thermal equilibrium even in a vacuum, bu exchanging infrared.
  • The zeroth law says that all objects in thermal equilibrium are at the same temperature.
  • C have reached thermal equilibrium with the surrounding medium.
thermal equilibrium in Science
thermal equilibrium  
The condition under which two substances in physical contact with each other exchange no heat energy. Two substances in thermal equilibrium are said to be at the same temperature. See also thermodynamics.
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thermal equilibrium definition

In physics and chemistry, a condition in which all parts of a system are at the same temperature.

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