## kinetic temperatureThe temperature of a gas defined in terms of the average kinetic energy of its atoms or molecules. It is given by: T = 2/3 1/k avg(½ mv ^{2})
where T is the kinetic temperature,
k is Boltzmann's constant,
m is the particle mass, and v is the particle velocity. In
thermal equilibrium, values of kinetic temperature correspond well with
those of other measures of temperature, such as effective temperature; otherwise,
they may bear little resemblance. ## Related categories• HEAT AND THERMODYNAMICS• <ASTRONOMICAL QUANTITIES | |||||

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