Overview

extensive variable


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

A quantity in a macroscopic system that is proportional to the size of the system. Examples of extensive variables include the volume, mass, and total energy. If an extensive variable is divided by an arbitrary extensive variable, such as the volume, an intensive variable results. A macroscopic system can be described by one extensive variable and a set of intensive variables.

Subjects: Chemistry — Physics.


Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.