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Unknown equation

  • Thread starter kasse
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Does anyone recognize this equation?

[tex]
\frac{k_BT}{2} = \alpha\frac{<x^2>}{2}
[/tex]

What does it describe?
 

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It look like something to do with Energy. Because the LHS has the unit of energy, while the RHS, hmm, looks a bit strange...
 
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CompuChip
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Doesn't it have to do with ideal gas in a box?
 
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It is the average potential energy of a harmonic oscillator in the high temperature limit.
 

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