New Thermodynamics: Understanding Temperature’s Limitations


  •   Kent W. Mayhew


We shall enhance our understanding of temperature, as was introduced in a previous paper [1]. Temperature is traditionally treated as if it has a linear relation of a system’s thermal energy, throughout most temperature regimes. The limitation of temperature’s relations will be discussed. Also, an improved understanding as to why various system’s measurement of temperature, does represent a measurement of that system’s thermal energy. It will further be discussed why statistical thermodynamics is mistaken with its various assertions, ending with a discussion as to why Maxwell-Boltzmann’s speed distribution is at best, only a rough to good approximation for what is witnessed in experimental gaseous systems.

Keywords: Temperature, Thermal Energy, Blackbody Radiation, Rayleigh-Jeans Approximation, Speed Distribution


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How to Cite
Mayhew, K. (2020). New Thermodynamics: Understanding Temperature’s Limitations. European Journal of Applied Physics, 2(2).