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What is meant by the statement that a thermometer measures

Conceptual Physics | 12th Edition | ISBN: 9780321909107 | Authors: Paul G. Hewitt ISBN: 9780321909107 29

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Problem 6RQ

What is meant by the statement that a thermometer measures its own temperature?

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A measure of the average translational kinetic energy per molecule in a substance is called temperature. When a thermometer reaches thermal equilibrium, the temperature of the thermometer and the substance it is measuring are the same. Therefore, the thermometer is essentially measuring its own temperature.

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Textbook: Conceptual Physics
Edition: 12
Author: Paul G. Hewitt
ISBN: 9780321909107

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