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kinetic energy

energy a moving object has that increases as the speed of the object increases


measure of the average kinetic energy of the individual particles of a substance

do molecules move faster in hot or cold water

molecules move faster in hot water because the higher the temperature the faster the molecules move

thermal expansion

almost all substances expand and contract when they are heated and cooled- the amount of expansion and contraction depends on the type of material and the change in temperature

why do materials expand when their temperatures increase?

when the temperature of an object is increased, its molecules speed up and tend to move farther apart


use the expansion and contraction of materials to measure temperature

what is the most practical instrument to measure temperature


what are two common temperature scales

fahrenheit and celsius

what is freezing and boiling on the fahrenheit scale

32 degrees and 212 degrees fahrenheit- the space between the boiling point and freezing is 180 degrees

what is freezing and boiling on the celsius scale

0 degrees and 100 degrees

why are celsius degrees bigger than fahrenheit degrees

because there are only 100 degrees between the boiling and freezing point of water

fahrenheit to celsius formula


celsius to fahrenheit formula

F= 9/5 x C +32

kelvin scale

freezing = 0; boiling= 273

potential energy

stored energy- energy that the molecules have that can be converted into kinetic energy

thermal energy

the sum of the kinetic and potential energy of the particles in a material- the total energy of the particles in a material

explain the difference between temperature and thermal energy. How are they related?

Temperature of an object depends on the average kinetic energy of the molecules in an object / Thermal energy depends on the sum of the kinetic and potential energy of the molecules in an object

Determine which temperature is always larger- an object's Celsius temperature or it's Kelvin temperature.

Kelvin temperature will always be greater than Celcius because you have to add 273 degrees to the Celcius temperature to get the Kelvin temperature

Explain how kinetic energy and thermal energy are related.

In order to find the thermal energy you add up the kinetic and potential energies of the molecules in an object

describe how thermometer uses the thermal expansion of a material to measure temperature.

As temperature gets hotter, the liquid in the thermometer expands and rises


movement of thermal energy from a substance at a higher temperature to a substance at a lower temperature

How is it decided on how much heat is transfered between 2 objects?

it depends on the difference in temperature

how is heat transferred?

it always moves from warmer to cooler objects.- never from cooler to warmer. the warmer object loses thermal energy and becomes cooler and the cooler object gains thermal energy and becomes warmer.

How does the transfer of heat occur?

through conduction, radiation, and convection


transfer of thermal energy by direct contact; Occurs when energy is transferred by collisions between particles--- the transfer of heat by direct contact.

where does conduction usually occur?

it usually occurs most easily in solids and liquids, where atoms and molecules are close together.- the atoms and molecules are closer together and only need to go a short distance before they bump into each heat is transferred energy more quickly -- faster than with gases

why does conduction occur more easily in solids an liquids than in gases?

the atoms and molecules are closer together and only need to go a short distance before they bump into each heat is transferred energy more quickly -- faster than with gases


the transfer of energy by electromagnetic waves

how is heat transferred between the sun and the earth?

by radiation

How does heat transfer by radiation occur?

when energy is transferred by electromagnetic waves. they carry energy through empty space, as well as through matter, solids, liquids, and gases.

what emits electromagnetic radiation.

all objects emit electromagnetic radiation; ex- the warmth that the fireplace puts off as you sit by it

Explain how the thermal energy of ice cubes changes?



transfer of thermal energy by direct contact; occurs when every is transferred


transfer of thermal energy by the movement of particles from place to another in a gas or liquid

transfer of heat by convection


thermal insulators


forced convection

outside force pushes a fluid such as air or water to make it move and transfer heat


materials in which electrons can move or that transfers heat easily

what are the best conductors of heat

gold and copper because the electrons move are loosely held and can bump into other atoms easier

on a hot day, why is pavement hotter than the grass?


specific heat

amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 kg of a substance by 1 degree celsius

thermal pollution

increase in temperature of a natural body of water; caused by adding warmer water

how does thermal pollution affect sea life?


How do you reduce thermal pollution?

thermal pollution can be reduced by cooling the warm water produced by factories, power plants, and runoff before it is released into a body of water. Cooling towers are used to do this.

Heat Engine

device that converts thermal energy into mechanical energy

chemical energy

is energy stored in the chemical between atoms

Radiant energy

the energy stored in the chemical bonds between electromagnetic waves

Nuclear energy

the energy stored in the nuclei of atoms

Electrical energy

the energy carried any electric charges as they one in a circuit

Does the total amount of energy ever change

No- when energy is transformed from one form to another the total amount of energy doesn't change- energy cannot be created or destroyed

How can energy be changed

it can only be transformed from one form to another

internal combustion engines

heat engine in which fuel is burned in a combustion chamber inside the engine; ex. planes, bus, lawn mowers, boats,etc.

How is the power of an engine decided

the more cylinders, the more power it produces

How does the burning of fuel mixture cause a piston to move?


How can a refrigerator be cooler inside than the air in the kitchen?

A refrigerator is a heat mover. It absorbs thermal energy from the food inside the refrigerator

What material does a refrigerator contain?


What is a Coolant

it is a substance that carries thermal energy from the inside to the outside of the refrigerator

What also uses a coolant

air conditioners

What does a heat pump do?

it moves thermal energy from one place to another

What does a heat pump do with cooling?

it removes thermal energy to indoor air and transfers it outdoor air

Tell why diesel engines don't use spark plugs?

in a diesel engine, the air in a cylinder is compressed to such a high pressure that it is highly flammable fuel ignites without the help of a spark from a plug.

What is the source of thermal energy in an internal combustion engine?

...The thermal energy is converted into mechanical energy as a gasoline is being burned under pressure.

Tell whether you could cool a kitchen by keeping the refrigerator door open?

No you can't, because the coolant couldn't pump through the pipe and get rid of the thermal energy.

Tell how a refrigerator uses a coolant to keep the food cool?

the coolant carries the thermal energy from the inside of the refrigerator to the outside of the refrigerators.

Explain how an air conditioner could also be used to heat a room.

The thermal energy from the outside of the house is absorb by a coolant with in the pipes os the air conditioner. Then the warm coolant would travel through the pipes inside the house. Thats where the thermal energy would transfer to the air inside of the house.

What machine cools the same way a refrigerator does?

air conditioner

How are internal combustion engine and heat different and related?


How are temperature and thermal energy different and the same?


How are thermal energy and thermal pollution different and the same?


How are conduction and convection different and the same?


How are conduction and heat different and related


How are heat and specific heat different and related?


How are conduction and radiation different and related?


How are convection different and related?


How are a conductor and heat different and related?


What source of thermal energy does an internal combustion engine use?

burning fuel

What happens to most materials when they become warmer?

they expand

Which occurs if two objects at different temperatures are in contact?


Which of the following describes the thermal energy of particles in a substance?

average value of all kinetic and potential energy.

Heat being transferred from the Sun to Earth is an example of which process?


Many insulating materials contain spaces filled with air because air is what type of material?


A recipe calls for a cake to be baked at a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit. What is this temperature on the celsius scale?

177 degrees celsius

Which of these is the name for thermal energy that moves from a warmer object to a cooler one.


Water is a poor conductor of heat. Yet when you heat a pan, the surface gets hot quickly, even though you are applying heat to the bottom of the water. Explain.


Explain why several layers of clothing often keep you warmer than a single layer.

It is a good insulator and has more air pocket for better insulation.

Identify the phrase "heat rises" is sometimes used to describe heat . for what type of materials is this phrase correct. Explain.


Explain why concrete sidewalks are usually made of slabs of concrete. Why do the concrete slabs have a space between them?


Explain how a winter jacket is lined with insulating material that contains air spaces. How would the insulating properties of the jacket becomes wet? Explain.

If it started to rain or the air pockets got blocked off.

Compare two glasses of water are poured into a pitcher. If the temperature of the water in both glasses was the same before they were mixed, describe how the temperature and the thermal energy of the water in the pitcher compares to the water in the glasses.


describe 3 ways heat is transferred

conduction; by direct contact
radiation; electromagnetic waves carry thermal energy convection; transfer of thermal energy by the movement of molecules (natural and forced)

explain how temperature is related to kinetic energy


identify materials that are insulators or conductors

insulators are anything that air can flow through (fur, foam, feathers, sand)
conductors are solid and liquids (metal, copper, and gold)

the temperature of the two glasses of water shown in the photograph above are 30 degrees C. Which of the following is a correct statement about the two glasses of water?

the molecules of the warmer water have more kinetic energy

the difference in temperature of the tow glasses of water is 30 degrees C. What is their difference in temperature on the Kelvin scale?


Which of the following describes a refrigerator?

heat mover

Which of the following is not a step in the four-stroke cycle of internal combustion engines?


a sample of each of the metals in the table above formed into a 50-g cube. If 100 j of heat are applied to each of the samples, which metal would change temperature by the greatest amount?


An internal combustion engine converts thermal energy to which of the following forms of energy?


If you add ice to a glass of room-temperature ice, does the water warm the ice or does the ice cool the water? Explain

the water warms the ice because there is more thermal energy than ice and convection occurs where the neighboring particles collide with other neighboring particles.

Strong winds that occur during a thunderstorm are the result of temperature differences between neighboring air masses. Would you expect the warmer or the cooler air mass to rise above the other?

warmer air would rise because heat rises in the direction of warmer to cooler.

What are the two main events that occur while the cylinder moves downward during the intake stroke of

the piston moves downward while there is a air mist fuel injected into the intake valve.

Why are cooking pots like the one in the photograph above often made of metal? Why isn't the handle made of metal?

cooking pots are often made of metal because they are good conductors of heat. The handle isn't made of metal because metal is such a good conductor it gets hot really fast. An insulator like plastic is put on the handle because an insulator has air pockets that trap air to cool the object.

The illustration above shows the parts of a refrigerator and how coolant flows through the refrigerator. Explain how thermal energy is transferred to the coolant inside the refrigerator and then transferred from the coolant to the outside air.

Thermal energy is transferred by a coolant. The coolant absorbs the thermal energy from the food and transfers it through pipes back out to the outside of the refrigerator.

Define temperature and explain how it is related to the movement of molecules in a substance.

Temperature is the average value amount of kinetic energy of a particle in a substance. It is related to molecules because if molecules move faster it is kinetic energy, which is the average amount of temperature.

Explain what makes some materials good thermal conductors.

Thermal conductors are good because of the types of atoms or chemical compounds they are made up of

You place a cookie sheet in a hot oven. A few minutes later you hear a sound as the cookie sheet bends slightly. Explain what causes this.

Convection causes the cookie sheet to bend because when two neighboring particles collide it changes the thermal energy.

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