If heat is a measure of the mean kinetic energy of the particles of a substance, then how does compressing it increase its temperature, since compression squishes the particles of a substance closer together, theoretically limiting movement?

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If heat is a measure of the mean kinetic energy of the particles of a substance, then how does compressing it increase its temperature, since compression squishes the particles of a substance closer together, theoretically limiting movement?

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The particles are always moving. By compressing the material (most noticable with gasses) the particles now have less room to move before they run into each other. Since the movement doesnt stop it just causes the particles to move faster over a smaller distance.

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