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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How long does it take for space dust to stop irradiating energy?

I heard that space dust is detectable because it irradiates on the infrared part of the spectrum? Does this happen forever? Won't it stop after some millions of years? Does it have to irradiate until ...
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What is the temperature of the event horizon?

In a discussion with my son about absolute zero, we arrived at the conclusion that the event horizon might be the place to look, as it "absorbs?" all energy, including light. Found this in the ...
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What is the difference between temperature difference and temperature change?

In a course of mathematical modelling that I am taking, there is a great confusion between the concepts of temperature change due to a unit heat input at some position $x$ and time $t$, and the ...
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Why can't a gas be liquified by pressure above its critical temperature?

What is the cause behind a gas being difficult to liquify above its critical temperature no matter how much pressure is applied on it?
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sudden volume increase piston

I am wondering what happens in the following situation. I have a piston filled with an ideal gas for which I suddenly/instantaneaouly iscrease the volume. In particular I want to know what happens to ...
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Why does my house seem to warm faster in summer than it cools in winter? [closed]

In summers when we switch off the air conditioner, the room seems to instantly get hot again. But in winter, when we switch off the heater the room seems to remain hot for some time. Why this ...
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Will the heat flow rate be same when temperature difference is not same?

If I give heat with a certain source will the change of temperature difference change the heat flow rate? Suppose I have a aluminium rod which has a weight of 25 gram. I heated it up to 40 degree ...
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Heating 2 sets of 1L water vs 1 set of 2L water [closed]

Can heating 2 sets of 1L water or 1 set of 2L water have a variation in terms of fuel efficiency? Can one be more fuel-efficient than the other? (migrated from chemistry site)
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How to calculate the increase in temperature due to drop? [closed]

Question- Calculate the rise in temperature in celcius in a bucket of water after it is dropped from 50 m where acceleration due to gravity is 10. I know that I need to find the amount of energy ...
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Does shaking a carbonated soda warm it up?

I had an odd situation where i left a soda near the fridge exhaust and it developed some ice crystals (i could hear it sloshing). When i took it out i instinctively shook up the closed soda can with ...
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Thermodynamic expectation value at $T=0$

The thermodynamic expectation value for an observable $A$ is defined as $$\langle A \rangle = \frac{1}{Z} \sum_n \langle\psi_n| e^{-\beta H} A|\psi_n \rangle, \qquad (1)$$ where $\beta=1/k_bT$, the $\...
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Method used to prove emissive power, $E \propto T^4$

Stefan's Law states that emissive power($E$) of a black body is proportional to $T^4$. But how did Stefan arrive at the conclusion? I mean, it is not possible currently to get a perfectly black body, ...
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Why are refrigerators 4 degrees and freezers -18 degrees?

I assume that the refrigerator's temperature of 4 degrees has something to do with the fact that water is densest at that temperature. Does that inhibit microbe growth? But what about the freezer, ...
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Temperature moderation

Temperature moderation is closely related to the hydrogen bond, as you guys all know. And this temperature moderation happens everyday to human beings through perspiration. As the water in you body ...
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WIll aluminium foil get hot in microoven if I wrap it with paper?

A aluminium foil doesn't get hot easily because of it's heat conductivity. Will it get hot in microwave oven if I wrap it with paper?
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Sliding Wine Glass [duplicate]

Earlier today, I came across a strange phenomenon involving a just-washed wine glass and a countertop. The gist of it is: when you place a warm wine glass upside-down on the wet countertop, it starts ...
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The temperature in space is about 3K, however there are almost no atoms in space. How can there be residual heat?

My understanding is that heat is essentially atomic vibrations. If there are almost no atoms, how can there be residual heat? Also, as I understand in space there is no heat transfer via convection ...
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What is the physical explanation for the heat equation?

We know that $\int{\vec v.\vec n \,\ d a}$=$\int{\nabla^2(u)\,\ dx \,\ dy \,\ dz}$ where $\vec v$ is the velocity of the heat flow and $u(x,y,z)$ is the temperature at the point $(x,y,z)$.and $ \vec v=...
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How to interpret Stefan-Boltzmann's law?

The Stefan-Boltzmann equation states $e=\sigma T^4$, but how do we interpret this? Is this completely wrong: A body of size $s^2$ generates the radiation/temperature $T^4$ for a given size and a ...
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How do I keep the temperature constant in a Boyle's Law experiment?

I'm trying to get a head start on our lab experiment next week about Boyle's Law. The set-up is we have an air chamber can immersed in a pot of boiling water (which is kept boiling over an electric ...
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Will I weigh more if I have fever?

$E=mc^2$ means that energy is mass, and adding energy to an object (that is, making it hotter) makes it more massive. So if my body temperature increases, will I weigh more? or will i become lighter ...
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How Temperature, Pressure and Altitude are related in the atmosphere?

I'm looking for an approximation for the temperature of the atmosphere at any height and pressure. Both altitude and pressure are known variables, I've derived this equation using maxwell's ...
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Why does hot water clean better than cold water?

I had a left over coffee cup this morning, and I tried to wash it out. I realized I always instinctively use hot water to clean things, as it seems to work better. A Google search showed that other ...
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Why does the stiffness of organic polymers (plastic) change so much with small changes in temperature?

This is on the borderline between Physics and Chemistry, but I would like a Physics perspective. I am guessing that plastics are a glass-like phase, rather than a true solid.
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Why is metal stiffer at lower temperatures?

Each morning I cycle to school and lock my bike with a thick steel wire (about 8 mm thick). I noticed that it's much harder to change the shape of the wire in the morning when it's much colder than ...
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Why has Earth's core not become solid?

The Earth is billions of years old, yet its core has not yet cooled down and become solid. Will this happen in the foreseeable future?
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Why do high altitudes have larger diurnal temperature variation than lower altitudes?

It seems like the lack of atmosphere should not be playing a role in the diurnal temperature variation because that's what makes it colder. Mountains are not that dry, usually.
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How hot is aurora?

Has anyone done research on how hot aurora is? I mean if it is plasma it should be hot and since it is emitting mostly green light due to nitrogen (~78%) in the air, could it then be considered that ...
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Can Maxwell's law of distribution of velocities be used to determine a value for absolute heat?

I'm currently reading about Maxwell's law of distribution of velocities, and the thought occurred to me that I could use this to calculate the maximum temperature that an atom could reach. My theory ...
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How does an object in vacuum loose its temperature? [duplicate]

Well, it radiates in the infrared, I guess. But how exactly are these photons created? The atoms have some kinetic energy, which makes up the temperature. So while the atoms or molecules jitter a bit ...
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Arrhenius Fit: Linear or exponential form?

I have a seemingly easy question about performing an Arrhenius fit to the equation $$y = A \times \exp \left( -\frac{E_A}{RT} \right)$$ I can either fit this in the exponential form using a non-...
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What's the difference between a positive and a negative current?

Say I have a wire, and I connect a current source on its left end, and a ground to its right end. Then using my power supply I source a positive current, does this mean that electrons will move from ...
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Need Some Help Creating A Couple Of Equations [duplicate]

I've posted about this project before as math is not at all my strong subject anymore. I have a couple sets of data and I need to make some equations for them. I've used Excel to get trend lines, but ...
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Why less temperature at high altitude

Why there is always cold at high altitudes. e.g. at peak of mountains. Also as we go high from sea level, temperature starts decreasing. Why is it?
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Temperature rise in Thermosphere

Generally speaking, temperature decreases as altitude increases from the sea level. But at the ozone layer it increases because ozone absorbs UV radiation. Temperature increases again in Thermosphere. ...
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What would the RBG color value of an infinitely hot blackbody be?

In other words, what is the limit of the rgb values of color temperature as temperature approaches infinity? Put differently, what is the terminal point of the Planckian locus? Is there an exact value?...
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Can two bodies having the same internal energy have different temperatures?

According to me, two objects having the same internal energy may have different temperatures if their masses and specific heats are different and it is possible that an object with more internal ...
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Is temperature a frame dependent quantity? [duplicate]

The temperature of an object is proportional to the average kinetic energy (1/2*m*v^2) of its particles (or molecules), then shouldn't the temperature depend on the frame of reference since v^2 will ...
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Why isn't temperature frame dependent?

In (non-relativistic) classical physics, if the temperature of an object is proportional to the average kinetic energy ${1 \over 2} m\overline {v^{2}}$of its particles (or molecules), then shouldn't ...
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Why is temperature vibration?

Why do the atoms in a crystal vibrate at finite temperature?
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Why is boiling not just a surface phenomenon?

The boiling point of a liquid is defined as The temperature at which the vapor pressure of the liquid is equal to the external atmospheric pressure. That being the case, why, in a pot of boiling ...
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Do ice balls in whiskey really make sense?

So, I get the ad copy, the surface area to mass ratio results in more cooling, less dilution. But does this actually make sense? Yes, total cooling is related to the mass/temp of the ice, not the ...
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Can jet fuel melt steel beams? [closed]

Common sense suggests that steel beams should not yield under burning jet fuel without presence of other substances that produce very high temperatures when burning, such as thermite. So can jet fuel ...
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Calorimetry - Emitted Joules [closed]

How can one calculate the total amount of emitted joules from an object with a temperature that isn't constant? A great start is this formula: ...
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How to calculate water temperature from a room temperature? [closed]

e.g. My room temperature is about 33 degree celsius How can I calculate water temperature in the tank in my bathroom? Note that my tank is one side open up and it build up from bricks
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Help Writing An Equation [closed]

Truthfully, math past basic algebra was never my strong suit even though I went through stats in college. So I have to write an equation for this for a program and could use some help. I am reading ...
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Why does the gas get cold when I spray it?

When you spray gas from a compressed spray, the gas gets very cold, even though, the compressed spray is in the room temperature. I think, when it goes from high pressure to lower one, it gets cold, ...
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Why does heat added to a system at a lower temperature cause higher entropy increase?

Entropy is defined in my book as $\Delta\ S = \frac{Q}{T}$. To derive the formula it says that entropy should be directly proportional to the heat energy as with more energy the particles would be ...
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Entropy definitions

So I have learned that entropy is the measure of disorder of a system. For the IPhO this was of course not enough as we need to be able to calculate entropy changes of ideal gases. Those equations ...
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What's the most fundamental definition of temperature?

What's the most fundamental definition of temperature? Is it the definition concern about average energy, number of micro states, or what? By "fundamental", I mean "to be applied" in such general ...