Definition: Thermal energy

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Thermal energy

The kinetic energy associated with the random motions of the molecules of a material or object; often used interchangeably with the terms heat and heat energy. Measured in joules, calories, or Btu.[1][2][3]

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References
  1. http://physics.weber.edu/schroeder/eee/chapter3.pdf
  2. http://www.eia.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=kids_glossary
  3. http://www1.eere.energy.gov/site_administration/glossary.html