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Einstein theory of specific heat


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A theory of the specific heat of solids proposed by Albert Einstein in 1906. In this theory, Einstein attributed the specific heat of solids to the vibrations of the solid and made the simplifying assumption that all the vibrations have the same frequency. This theory was partially successful since it was able to derive Dulong and Petit's law at high temperatures and showed that the specific heat capacity goes to zero as the absolute temperature also goes to zero. A better description of the specific heat of solids was given by the more realistic Debye theory of specific heat.

Subjects: Chemistry — Physics.


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