# The virial theorem and planetary atmospheres

@article{Toth2010TheVT, title={The virial theorem and planetary atmospheres}, author={V. Toth}, journal={arXiv: General Physics}, year={2010} }

We derive a version of the virial theorem that is applicable to diatomic planetary atmospheres that are in approximate thermal equilibrium at moderate temperatures and pressures and are sufficiently thin such that the gravitational acceleration can be considered constant. We contrast a pedagogically inclined theoretical presentation with the actual measured properties of air.

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