Zeroth Law Revisited; Motive Forces; Thermodynamic Stability

  • Raza Tahir-Kheli
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)


The Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics asserts that if a given macroscopic system is in thermal equilibrium simultaneously with two different systems, then those two (otherwise separate) systems are also in thermal equilibrium with each other. Further, whenever this happens, there is a property common to all three systems. This property is identified as the “temperature.”


Internal Energy Isolate System Isothermal Compressibility Extensive Property Extensive Variable 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physics DepartmentTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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