Concept of Heat and Temperature

len Alfred Ajibola - Tue, 14th May, 2019 @ 16:00: PM

Topics in Physics

Density and Specific Gravity Force and Motion - Newton's Laws of Motion Motion, Speed, Velocity and Acceleration Heat Transfer, Conduction, Convection and Radiation Concept of Heat and Temperature Gravity explained with some fun facts Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics - Thermal Equilibrium Explanation, Similarities and Differences between Fundamental and Derived Units Physics - Basic and Fundamental Physics Concepts

Academic Questions in Physics

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The Law of Inertia is also referred to as _____.

  • A. 1st Law of Thermodynamics
  • B. 2nd Law of Thermodynamics
  • C. 3rd Law of Thermodynamics
  • D. Newton's 1st Law of Motion
  • E. Newton's 2nd Law of Motion
  • F. Newton's 3rd Law of Motion

The process whereby the velocity of an object increases and decreases over a period of time is best associated with the term _____.

  • A. Speed
  • B. Velocity
  • C. Momentum
  • D. Constant Velocity
  • E. Acceleration
  • F. Average Velocity

The rate of motion is best referred to as _____.

  • A. Speed
  • B. Velocity
  • C. Momentum
  • D. Inertia
  • E. Acceleration
  • F. Constant Velocity

Consider this expression below:

A body X exerts a force FX on another body Y. In return, body Y exert a force FY back on body X. The forces FX and FY are equal in magnitude but opposite in direction.

Putting the above expression into equation:

FX = -FY

Where FX is the action force

FY is the reaction Force

The above expression relates to _____.

  • A. Theory of Force
  • B. Force Postulate
  • C. Einstein's proposal on Relativity
  • D. Newton's 1st law of motion
  • E. Newton's 2nd law of motion
  • F. Newton's 3rd law of motion

The tendency of a body to remain in a state of rest or in uniform motion is referred to as _____.

  • A. tension
  • B. uniform acceleration
  • C. constant acceleration
  • D. deceleration
  • E. inertia
  • F. velocity

A change in the position of an object with reference to time is best described as _____.

  • A. momentum
  • B. displacement
  • C. velocity
  • D. acceleration
  • E. direction
  • F. motion

The saying "what goes up on earth must come down" can be best attributed to _____.

  • A. force
  • B. motion
  • C. mass
  • D. acceleration
  • E. average velocity
  • F. constant velocity

We have _____ laws of Thermodynamics.

  • A. 1
  • B. 2
  • C. 3
  • D. 4
  • E. 5
  • D. 6

Heat and Temperature:

Let's begin by considering the instance below:

When we pour in water of 100OC into an aluminium cup whose temperature is the same as that of its surrounding; let’s say 22OC; We will observe the followings:

1. The temperature of water inside the aluminum cup will begin to decrease from its initial 100OC.

2. The temperature of the aluminium cup will increase from its previous 22OC.

3. After some period of time, the temperature of the aluminium cup, water and the surrounding will become the same.

Note: OC = degree centigrade; and it's a unit of temperature.

For now, think of temperature as the degree of hotness or coldness of a substance or an object with reference to some standard value.

From the above instance, it can be deduced that the heat present in the water molecules are first transferred to the aluminium cup and then to the surrounding.

Heat from water >>> Aluminium Cup >>> Surrounding

Note: Aluminium is a metal and metals are good conductors of heat.

Please read on the Physical Properties of Metals here.

Eventually, the system and the surroundings will reach the same temperature; and the heat transfer ceases. It is at this point, that the water, aluminium cup and the surroundings are said to have reached thermal equilibrium.

This above paragraph is the concept of the Zeroth law of thermodynamics.

Please read on the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics here.

Note: Although the surrounding receives heat from the water and aluminium cup, its temperature will remain approximately unchanged for the following reasons:

1. The volume of air in the surrounding is so large.
Please read on the Composition of the Atmosphere (Air) here.

2. The water and aluminium will not continue to permanently give out heat energy to the surrounding.

3. Diffusion will continue to occur in the surrounding.

Please read on Graham's Law of Diffusion here.

Heat is never lost because it is a form of energy; rather it will be transferred according to the First Law of Thermodynamics which states that:

Energy can neither be created nor destroyed but can be transferred from one form to another.

Please read on the Law of Thermodynamics in Food Pyramid here.

Note: From our above instance, the transfer of energy (heat energy in this case) from the water to the aluminium cup and finally to the surrounding is referred to as Heat.

Heat can simply be explained as an energy that results from the transfer of energy from an object or substance or system with a higher temperature to another with a lower temperature.

Please read on Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection and Radiation here.

Let consider another reverse instance with regards to heat.

Now, imagine that a cold bottle of water is brought out of the fridge into the kitchen.

Assuming the temperature of water is 3OC while that of the kitchen environment is 22OC; the followings will occur.

1. The temperature of the cold bottle of water will start to increase from its initial 3OC.

2. The temperature of the bottle will begin to increase from its initial 3OC.

3. After some period of time, the temperature of the bottle, water and the kitchen surrounding will become the same.

Note: At no point did the coldness of the bottle or water escaped into the surrounding. Instead it is the temperature of the room that actually caused an increased temperature of the bottle and water (inside the bottle).

In fact, if the temperature of the room was higher than 22OC, heat transfer will be achieved at a much rapid rate. (That is; the rate at which the temperature of the water and bottle increases will be faster).

Since heat energy is being transferred from the kitchen surroundings to the bottle and then into the water; We can therefore conclude that heat will always be transferred from a higher region to a lower region until equilibrium is attained.

Heat is never static. It is always transferred and thus; an object will increase its temperature by gaining heat energy from its surroundings while another object simultaneously (at the same time) decreases its temperature by losing its heat energy to the surroundings. For this reason, we may also define temperature as:

The measure of ability of an object or substance to transfer heat energy to another object or substance.

The higher the temperature, the greater the ability of an object or substance to transfer heat. Conversely, the lower the temperature, the greater the tendency of an object to receive the transferred heat.

The point is:

For heat to be transferred, we must have systems or objects or substances with varying temperatures.

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