Intrinsic and extrinsic properties
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An intrinsic property is an essential or inherent property of a system or of a material itself or within. It is independent of how much of the material is present and is independent of the form of the material, e.g., one large piece or a collection of smaller pieces. Intrinsic properties are dependent mainly on the chemical composition or structure of the material.
A property that is not essential or inherent is called an extrinsic property. For example, density is a physical intrinsic property of any physical object, whereas weight is an extrinsic property that varies depending on the strength of the gravitational field in which the respective object is placed.
- Intensive and extensive properties
- Intrinsic function (computer programming)
- Intrinsic equation (geometry)
- Sunspots (economics), also known as extrinsic random variables
- Food and Packaging Engineering (IFNHH, Massey University, NZ)