Differentiating Heat, Thermal Energy, and Temperature Descriptive Essay by Patrick James Lontoc

An analysis of the attributes of heat, thermal energy, and temperature, and how they relate to each other.
# 128985 | 1,053 words | 2 sources | APA | 2010 | PH
Published by on Aug 20, 2010 in Physics (Matter and Energy) , Chemistry (General)

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This paper analyzes and discusses the relationship among heat, thermal energy, and temperature, which tend to be confused with each other. The paper discusses the role of heat in human culture, noting that in addition to using heat to cook food, iron clothes, and keep warm, humans have learned to convert heat to other forms of energy. The paper explains that heat is the transfer of thermal energy from a substance with higher temperature to a substance with lower temperature so that their temperatures will be normalized or reach equilibrium, while the amount of thermal energy contained within a substance depends on the substance's mass, nature and state of matter. The paper adds that temperature only measures the average kinetic energy that each molecule has based on its motion. In conclusion, the paper restates that heat, thermal energy, and temperature are related with each other but are used differently.

Matter and the Arrangement of Molecules
Thermal Energy and Kinetic Theory of Matter
Thermal Energy and Temperature
The Concept of Heat
Ways of Heat Transfer
Specific Heat Capacity of Substances

From the Paper:

"Since different substances have different thermal energies due to their mass, nature and state, different substances also will require different amounts of heat in order for it to change in temperature. This is because different substances or materials have different heat capacities. Each substance has its own specific ability to capture or retain heat. Specific heat capacity of matter is therefore the measure of the amount of thermal energy that is needed to be transferred to it so that the temperature of a kilogram of that substance will increase by one degree Celsius (Hirsch 2006. p 150)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hirsch, Alan, et. al. (2006) Physics 11. Thomson
  • Kinetic theory. (2010, April 9). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10:30, April 30, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kinetic_theory&oldid=354919291

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