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# 7.2: Statistical Mechanics of the Problem


## 7.2 Thermal energy versus kinetic energy

According to the Fall 2001 Review Draft of Ohio’s Academic Content Standards for Science (page 48), eight-grade students should understand that thermal energy “is in the disorderly motion of molecules.” Explain how position as well as motion (i.e. potential energy as well as kinetic energy) contribute to thermal energy.

7.2: Statistical Mechanics of the Problem is shared under a CC BY-SA license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Daniel F. Styer.