Definition of macroscopic properties
referring to properties that can be visualized or measured by the naked eye; examples include pressure, temperature, and volume
Examples of macroscopic properties in the following topics:
- The kinetic molecular theory of gases comes from observations that scientists made about gases to explain their macroscopic properties.
- The kinetic molecular theory explains the macroscopic properties of gases and can be used to understand and explain the gas laws.
- Bonds that fall in between the two extremes, having both ionic and covalent character, are classed as polar covalent bonds.Though ionic and covalent character represent points along a continuum, these designations are frequently useful in understanding and comparing the macroscopic properties of ionic and covalent compounds.
- These atomic properties describe the macroscopic properties of compounds.
- Thermodynamic entropy has the dimension of energy divided by temperature, which has a unit of joules per kelvin (J/K) in the International System of Units.The interpretation of entropy in statistical mechanics is the measure of uncertainty, which remains about a system after its observable macroscopic properties, such as temperature, pressure, and volume, have been taken into account.
- For a given set of macroscopic variables, the entropy measures the degree to which the probability of the system is spread out over different possible microstates.
- It has many useful properties, including elasticity, transparency, and resistance to oil, grease, and abrasion.
- Note that the hydrophilic nature of the urethane backbone lends these macroscopic properties.