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Intensive and Extensive Properties

Intensive and Extensive Properties Thermodynamics

Thermodynamic properties can be divided into two general classes, intensive and extensive properties. An intensive property is independent of the amount of mass. The value of an extensive property varies directly with the mass. Thus, if a quantity of matter in a given state is divided into two equal parts, each part will have the same value of intensive property as the original and half the value of the extensive property. Temperature, pressure, specific volume,and density are examples of intensive properties. Mass and total volume are examples of extensive properties.

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