What is Temperature?
Temperature can be defined in several ways, many of which are not completely accurate, but the first definition of Number 5, above, seems to almost fit our understanding and work reasonably well as an “Operational Definition” for the term.
However, the detail provided in the last reference (Number 6) gives a more complete understanding and shows that the word “proportional” really belongs in the definition. At least that’s the opinion of this website editor and publisher.
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Now, in case you’d not up on your physics or would just like a brief visual explanation, here’s a wonderful set of them from Eureka’s Heat and Temperature series that begins with the “Dance of the Molecules”:
Or, if you just want to jump ahead of the series leading up to the concept of temperature and how it can be measured, click below.
The full set of videos on Heat and Temperature may be found on YouTube.com at: