:) What’s the difference between heat and temperature?

Answer:  Heat is the combined energy of all moving molecules.  Temperature is a measure of how fast the molecules are moving.


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Comments (14)

  1. jondr says:

    The really cool (pun) thing is that the energy of a moving mass in Newtonian physics is Mass*Velocity^2 (MV^2). Einstein hypothesized a limit of velocity at the speed of light (denoted by C).  So the limit of the amount of energy of the sum of all the particles of mass, as the velocity approaches the speed of light, is MC^2.  This is the familiar equation E=MC^2.  This is the maximum energy that a given mass can have.

  2. Heat is energy. Heat is the total of energy processed by the molecules in a piece of matter. This energy is both kinetic energy and potential energy

    Temperature is not energy. It is a number that relates to one type of energy possessed by the molecules of a substance. Temperature directly relates to the kinetic energy of the molecules. The molecules have another type of energy besides kinetic, however; they have potential energy, also. Temperature readings do not tell you anything directly about this potential energy.

  3. Rozzy Bo Bozzy... Fountain of all knowledge! says:

    Is this all right? Because if its not the  you really need to check because I am revising for my GCSEs here!

  4. jazzy b says:

    i hate science

  5. emily says:

    boreeed! in lesson

  6. charlotte says:

    i love science

  7. bb says:

    i agree with youre explanation great way to word

  8. awesome says:

    hate science 2, revising for exams

  9. acerine jane cena says:

    i love SCIENCE:)

  10. acerine jane cena says:

    love it!!!

  11. Manaalayy says:

    These answers are wonderful during boring lessons i always open this and read fun facts 😛

  12. Chloe says:

    hi what is the difference between heat and energy for 7th graders??

  13. Rani says:

    outstanding answer

  14. elisha says:

                             omg thanks, studying for a test and u saved me. 🙂

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