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The equipartition theorem states that the average energy associated with each separable, quadratic term in the Hamiltonian results in a thermal energy of ½ RT per mole, where R is the gas constant and T the absolute temperature. This theorem, which emerged early in the history of kinetic theory in the nineteenth century, was quickly found to be in sharp disagreement with experiment, particularly for gases.

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