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Andrew Chung
Jennifer Noon
Physics 1010
26 April 2014

Heat
First of all what is heat? Heat is a form of energy associated with the
motion of atoms or molecules and capable of being transmitted through solid
and fluid media by conduction, through fluid media by convection, and
through empty space by radiation. Another way, or say this is that heat is the
transfer of energy from one body to another as a result of a difference in
temperature or a change in phase (what is heat). Both of these explain what
heat is said to be, some might say that heat is the condition of being hot. No
matter how heat is defined, all of these are correct. An example of heat is
when you have a hot mug of coffee that you made in the kitchen and you put
it on your countertop (Jones).

The hot mug of coffee is about eighty degree Celsius and the
countertop with air of the kitchen is about twenty six degree Celsius. What
will happen in this situation? Are you going to
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drink the coffee in the hot mug at eighty degree Celsius or will you let it to
cool down? You should probably wait for it to cold down before drinking it
because if you drink it at eighty degree Celsius, you will risk the chance of
getting burned. Burning your mouth, tongue, and even your throat and that’s
not something you should do. Wait for out, the coffee isn’t going to get hotter
over time, it will cool down over time. The reason you should wait for the
coffee to cool down is because when it cools down, the coffee goes will be at
room temperature and it will be drinkable.
How the coffee goes from hot with a lot heat to cool room temperature is
because the hot coffee including the hot mug are transferring heat to its
surrounding. The heat from the coffee and the mug are transfer to the
surrounding air. When the coffee cools or lowers its temperature, it’s a sign
that the average kinetic energy of its particles is decreasing. This means that
the coffee is losing energy. As well as the hot mug of heated coffee, it also
loses energy, its average kinetic energy of its particles also decreases. The
energy that is lost by the hot coffee and the hot mug is being transferred to
the colder surrounding air.

This transfer of energy from the coffee and the mug to the surrounding
air and countertop is heat. So what this is saying is that heat is simply the
transfer of energy from a hot
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object to a colder object. So heat is the flow of energy from a high
temperature location to a low temperature location. There are many type of
heat, first is heat energy. Here is list of heat energy: (example of heat
energy).

The biggest example of heat energy in our solar system is the sun

itself. The sun radiates heat to warm us on the planet earth.
When the burner of a stovetop is very hot, it is a source of heat
energy. Anything placed onto the stovetop and warmed, whether a
pot of tea or a skillet for frying eggs, also become sources of heat

energy.
Automobile fuels such as gasoline are sources of heat energy, as is
the hot engine of a racecar or a school bus.

A toaster is turned on and turns a piece of bread into a piece of toast.
This is due to the radiant heat energy of the toast, which draws


moisture from the bread and makes it crispy.
A hot cup of steaming cocoa contains heat energy.
Any fire, from the smallest match to the biggest forest fire ever,
contains heat energy-with even the smallest of fires potentially

resulting in the massive amount of heat energy seen in a huge blaze.
When ice is placed into a glass of water, the heat energy from the
water eventually melts the ice, meaning the water itself is a source of

heat energy.
A radiator of heating systems in a home provides radiant heat energy
to warm a house during those long, cold winter months.

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Conventional ovens are sources of convection heat energy, causing

the food placed into it to become hot and cooked.
Your body contains heat energy that can warm a cold glass of
lemonade, melt the ice on the other side of window, and make

someone else warm when you hug them.
Geothermal energy is a type of heat energy generated and stored
beneath the surface of the earth. This type of energy is used to heat

homes and building.
A huge amount of heat energy is stored in a bolt of lightning, which

can strike and start a fire of cause on electrical outage.
Heat energy is contained inside of a hot piece of pizza-if it doesn’t
cool down, that heat energy has the potential to hurt the roof of a
person’s mouth.

When your computer is turned on, the components inside of it
generate heat energy, which needs to be cooled with a small fan

installed with the machine.
A bathtub filled with hot water contains enough heat energy to warm

a cold body back to a comfortable level on a frigid day.
There is heat energy inside a cat that can be transferred to a person
when the warm animal jumps up onto his or her lap.(example of heat
energy)

All of these are great example of heat energy. Another type of heat is
heat conduction. Here is a list of everyday heat conduction: (example of
heat conduction)

A cold cast of iron skillet is placed onto a stovetop. When the stove is
turned on, the skillet becomes very hot due to the conduction of heat
from the burner to the skillet.

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You decide to touch the handle of the skillet after it has been on for
several minutes, and now the handle is hot, too. This is because heat
was conducted through the portion of the skillet in contact with the

stovetop all throughout the rest of the skillet.
A shirt is placed on an ironing board to be ironed. Heat from the iron
is conducted to the shirt, making it easy to iron out all those

unsightly wrinkles and make the shirt look sharp.
The engine of a car is turned on, and the hood becomes warm due to

the conduction of heat from the engine to the hood of the car.
A cube of ice is placed into the hand of a man. Overtime, heat
conduction from the man’s hand to the ice cube will cause it to melt.

An individual builds a fire, and then moves around the burning logs
with a poker. Heat is conducted from the burning logs to the poker,
making the end of the poker become red-hot if it is left in the fire too

long.
When a young girl walks outside barefoot on a hot summer day, the
heat from the asphalt is conducted to her feet, and her feet become

hot. This is because heat is conducted from the asphalt to the girl.
A boy grabs a penny from his tabletop, and it feels very cold to the
touch. After holding it for a few seconds, the heat from his hand is

conducted to the metal coin.
The radiator is turned on to warm a house during a cold day, and the
owner of the house puts his hat on top of it. The hat becomes warmer
due to the radiator conducting heat to it.

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A boy places a hot dog onto the end of an unraveled metal clothes
hanger and beings to cook it over the fire. After a time, the hanger
begins to feel hot due to the heat conducted from the hot fire all

along the piece of wire.
When a piece of hot lasagna is placed onto a porcelain plate, the
plate will feel warm to the touch after several minutes due to the
conduction of heat from the just-cooked food to the plate on which it

sits.
A young boy comes inside after playing on a snowy day, and huddles
up to his mother to become warm. This is because heat is transferred
from his mother’s body to his own through the process of conduction.
(example of heat conduction)

All of these examples of heat conduction are designed to give a better
idea of just how this process works. There are many more types of heat,
but to me, these are the two that seem to be the most interesting ones. We
now know that heat is always around us, from what we do in everyday life.
Heat will always be a part of us. Heat is a powerful element to this world
and without heat there would just be cold and no world could just have one
element, cold. It should always be balanced with its opposite, heat. Heat is
an essential part of life and without heat, we are nothing. Heat is very
important to us all, no matter what (heat energy).

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