A collision between two molecules in which the amount of energy transferred from one to the other is not large compared to
is the Boltzmann constant
the absolute temperature).
PAC, 1996, 68, 149
(A glossary of terms used in chemical kinetics, including reaction dynamics (IUPAC Recommendations 1996))
on page 191
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