# Thermodynamic limit

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The **thermodynamic limit** is reached as the number of particles (atoms or molecules) in a system approaches infinity. The thermodynamic behavior of a system is asymptotically approximated by the results of statistical mechanics as , and calculations using the various ensembles converge.

## References[edit]

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