It's the physical property that indicates the degree/intensity of heat present in a substance or an object. It can be expressed and measured according to various scales.

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Do objects gain and lose heat at the same rate?

For example, if I take an item out of the refrigerator, set it on the counter for a period of time, allow it to warm up a bit (but not so long that it reaches room temperature and stabilizes), and ...
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My bathroom door stays open in summer [closed]

My bathroom door remains open in summer, but in the winter it stays about halfway between fully open (90 degree angle, against a window) and closed. The door is between bedroom and bathroom and it is ...
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How are melting points of metals measured?

How are melting points of metals measured? What apparatuses are used and how do they "conceive" heat units?
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A thermometer in the wind

Consider two cases, Situation 1: a thermometer is stationary and air is blowing past it. Situation 2: the thermometer is moving with the wind, say on a car or something. Assuming now friction ...
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About thermodynamic beta

First of all, I'm not majoring this part and just finding some answer about Arrhenius rate equation: $$ v \propto \exp\left(-\frac{E_a}{kT}\right) .$$ To derive this relation, I started with Maxwell-...
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Proving the existence of temperature from zeroth law in the MIT OCW notes

This question refers to the following set of lecture notes: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-333-statistical-mechanics-i-statistical-mechanics-of-particles-fall-2013/lecture-notes/MIT8_333F13_Lec1....
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Is single tree shadow locally affecting air temperature?

In other words, is the air temperature under a single tree different from a couple meters away, in a hot day and under the sun? There are several effects potentially interacting: Tree transpiration ...
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Meaning of temperature during phase transition

Microscopically, temperature is related to the average kinetic energy of a system in thermal equilibrium. Both LIQUID water and GASEOUS steam can exist (independently) at a temperature of 100 degree ...
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Why does William Herschel's experiment show red light as warmer than blue?

Why does William Herschel's experiment show red light as warmer than blue if blue light is higher energy? Here is an explanation of Herschel's experiment http://www.ipac.caltech.edu/outreach/Edu/...
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Why is the speed of sound lower at higher altitudes?

At sea level the speed of sound is 760mph, but at altitudes like the Concorde would fly at (55,000ft) the sound barrier is at 660mph, so 1000th slower. Does it have to do with lower pressure?
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What temperature is an evaporating cup of water at “room temperature”?

If I put 100 g of water in a cylindrical cup and I know it takes 2 weeks (lets say 1.2 × 106 seconds) at some RH/temp to completely evaporate in my room with a constant temperature, can I ...
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Calorimetry Problem

I was doing a problem in thermodynamics where the net heat is 0. I dont understand why if you have say a copper calorimeter with water at say, 15C and add a mass of copper at a higher temperature say, ...
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Blue tarp temperature seems too cool with infrared thermometer [closed]

I have just measured under a blue tarp in direct sunlight and got 27C reading with my tiny infrared thermometer. I had just sprayed a toy with white paint on some newspaper. When I put the newspaper ...
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How far away from the Sun does space start to be cold?

I assume that if I stood on the sun, I would be hot. I similarly assume that if I stood about 10 feet from the sun, I would still be hot. However, if I stood in space 93 million miles away, I would be ...
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Can an object above absolute zero temperature exists in principle, if there is only one object in the whole universe and nothing else

It is said that: All matter with a temperature greater than absolute zero emits thermal radiation. For suppose, there is only object in the whole universe and it emits radiations above ...
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How does the temperature of a magnet affect its characteristics? [closed]

How does the temperature of a magnet affect its characteristics? Is a hot or cold magnet stronger? Or does it not matter?
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3D thermography setup

I want to know if its possible (yet) to sense the temperature throughout a given cylinder using non-invasive techniques? Such as ultrasonic or visual imaging etc. The temperature ranges from 250-450C. ...
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How do you calculate oxygen temperature as atm pressure changes? [closed]

I know that when gases are decompressed the atoms suddenly have a bunch of space and absorb all the heat around them thereby giving the effect that it is cool but how do you calculate this for oxygen ...
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When can we consider temperature and pressure as two independent properties of a pure substance?

I thought that pressure and temperature were always dependent properties on each other.But is there any state of a surrounding or condition when these two properties behave independently of a pure ...
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Why does it feel warmer when it is snowing? [duplicate]

It doesn't snow a lot where I live, but whenever it does and I go outside, the air feels warmer than I would expect on an clear day with an equivalent temperature, even though thermometer on my car ...
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Relative temperature sensitivity? [duplicate]

Why does the outside temperature feel cooler when the humidity is low as opposed to average or higher humidity levels?
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Temperature in space

Temperature is a measure of kinetic energy transferred to particles, henceforth, space being vacuum, temperature cannot be measured. But then, there is cosmic background radiation. It is the leftover ...
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What is the temperature of a vacuum? [duplicate]

what is the temperature of Vacuum since temperature of a system is related to the average of the molecular kinetic energy and there is no molecule in a vacuum? i know there could be radiations but i ...
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Increasing water temperature without salt

I have been extremely curious on how to get water even hotter by couple more degrees when its boiling. Rather then adding salt .... I started to stirring it.. Same Concept works with cooling the ...
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2-loop $\phi^4$ at finite temperature [closed]

When evaluating diagrams that contribute to the 2-loop effective potential $V_{eff}$ in $\lambda \phi^4 $ theory at finite temperature one has to calculate diagrams of such type which equals to $$...
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Is there an upper limit to temperature in thermodynamics or statistical mechanics

In many presentations of statistical mechanics where we have a system of particles having mass, such as the molecules of an ideal gas, the temperature is often equated to the average relative velocity ...
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Highest temperature [duplicate]

The temperature of a body varies with the KE of its particles. The maximum KE can be obtained by making the atoms move about near the speed of light. Let us take the body as a gas so that the body can ...
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Why doesn't wind chill affect thermometers

I know that wind chill essentially works by 'wicking' more heat away from a substance, making it 'feel' cooler, but then why doesn't wind chill affect thermometers? Wouldn't the wind 'wick' heat away ...
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Temperature of fusion in the Sun vs. fusion in controlled experiments on Earth

I recently learned that hydrogen fusion (i.e., hydrogen to helium) experiments on Earth have been successful at temperatures in excess of 100,000,000 degrees Celsius. However, I also learned that ...
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Temperature dependence of magnetic domains

Does the size of magnetic domains depend on temperature ? Not able to find any papers on this subject, maybe because there is no such dependence...
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Will a tall narrow cup keep a cup coffee warmer than a more evenly dimensioned cup?

I noticed a colleague had a tall narrow cup for his coffee, and it got me thinking about whether it would retain heat for longer or not. Assume two cups, both are cylindrical, and both hold the same ...
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How many fixed points does a Kelvin scale have?

I have a book that says: In the absolute Kelvin scale, the triple point of water is assigned the value of 273.16 K. The absolute zero is taken as the other fixed point. But, then another ...
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Is delta temperature dependent on the initial temperature? [closed]

All computer hardware testing sites i know test cooling solutions (CPU/GPU coolers) based on the temperature difference from the initial (room) temperature. This is a good way to compare, but i don't ...
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How do we determine the temperature of a Black Hole?

How do we determine the temperature of a Black Hole? Since we cannot see a Black Hole, which I presume, is because it absorbs light, would it not also prevent radiation from escaping, making ...
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How do you add temperatures?

This will probably be considered very simple, but I am just a beginner: I'm developing a software application where temperatures need to be added and subtracted. Some temperatures are in Celsius, ...
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Finding total thermal conductivity (Ksys) for n-number of connected materials

I was playing around with the idea of finding a "total" K value for 2 solid, flush touching pieces of metal. The original problem involved the two touching inline bars with a two different maintained ...
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What is the spheroidal temperature of water?

I understand that when a hot plate reaches a certain temperature water will no longer wet the surface, but will form perfect spheres on the surface of the plate. The temperature at which this happens ...
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Why does an optical pyrometer read low in the open?

An optical pyrometer relies on the fact that the brightness of heat radiation from a body depends on its temperature. I have come across the fact that an optical pyrometer invariably reads low when ...
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Reactor opening and total time to reach a specific temperature

Let's say I have a reactor (we assume that its shape can be approximated by a horizontal cylinder) in which there is air at the temperature of 1000K and at pressure of 1.5 bar. Now, I want to open it ...
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Expansion in bimetallic strip

Suppose there is a bimetallic strip with thickness 't' .The coefficient of linear expansion on heating the metals are alpha 1 and alpha 2.Now if the bimetallic strip is subjected to a temperature ...
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Hot Chocolate- cooling itself down

If a hot cup of hot chocolate is just standing there, can it cool itself down by transferring the kinetic/thermal energy that the liquid has into the mug/cup?
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Why are negative temperature coefficient thermistors accurate for measurements of low temperatures?

Why are negative temperature coefficient thermistors accurate for measurements of low temperatures? How does higher resistance at low temperature accurately measure the temperature?
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Estimate post-shock temperature of nuclear explosion

I was recently shown a very interesting sequence of images depicting the expansion of the fireball of Trinity explosion, a nuclear weapon's test conducted in New Mexico in 1945. I read here that ...
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Celsius to Fahrenheit confusion: why there is no 1 to x ratio?

Why is it not possible to know the ratio of 1°C to how many Fahrenheit and use that to convert from or to Celsius/Fahrenheit? What is really happening? Fahrenheit increases linearly and so does ...
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Compute affect of a shower on density altitude

As a pilot I have a basic understanding of density altitude, how temperature affects the effective air pressure: I noticed recently that I have difficulty breathing when I take a shower in Santa ...
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Maximum Temperature?

I have been reading a lot about wavelengths of light and Planck's law and such. Curious as to whether a minimum wavelength of $h$ (Planck's Constant) indicates that there is in some way an absolute ...
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Upper bound for the Kelvin scale [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is there no absolute maximum temperature? On the Kelvin scale, absolute zero represents the temperature at which there is no thermal motion. Consequently, speaking of $-...
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First law of thermodynamics with additional term

I read in a paper that a "known expression for the heat received by a body" is $$dQ=dU+pdV-\mathbf{v}\cdot d\mathbf{P}$$ where $\mathbf{P}$ is the linear momentum of the body, $p$ is the pressure, $U$...
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How to calculate max temperature craft needs to withstand near the Sun

The Solar Probe Plus fact-sheet states that the craft will approach to the distance of 9 solar radii to the surface of the Sun (Approx 6.26e6 km) and its heat shields must withstand 1644K of heat. I ...
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Managing nuclear waste [closed]

Suppose you are trying to dispose of used uranium fuel rods. Once they are cooled and contained in zirconium pods, how would one try and send those pods to the earths core? This is all hypothetical. ...