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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Temperature dependence of spectra

I have a question that is short and sweet: Are spectra (both fluorescence and absorbance) of any molecule dependent on temperature? In particular, is the spectral lineshape function of any molecule ...
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The quickest way to reduce an isolated system's temperature

If you are in an isolated room, having an air conditioner and a ceiling fan. What is the quickest way to cool the room. Using only the air conditioner or both of them?
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Why doesn't water get 'increasingly thicker' as it gets colder?

It's my understanding that the colder liquids get (or anything else for that matter) the slower the constituting particles move. That being the case, why is H$_2$O either 'water' or 'ice'? Given that ...
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If an object's motion through space-time at speed $c$ corresponds to ageing, would cooling it down to slow ageing mean it doesn't move at $c$?

I get that all objects must move at the speed of light (c) in their reference frame because of the 2-part vector of space-time. For a case where the vector is pointing directly at time (because it is ...
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Can you blow bubbles on top of Mount Everest?

Can you blow bubbles on top of Mount Everest? How would they be different in low temperatures and pressures?
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What allows some objects to have a high specific heat capacity?

I know that temperature is a measure of thermal energy associated with the KE of molecules. But when heat enters an object, surely those molecules now start vibrating and translating, so this results ...
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How can I estimate the cooking time of a roast?

I never remember what worked before, or to write it down someplace. In any case the size and starting temperature will vary. The instructions I learned from refuse to give a time at all, and the ...
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estimate air temperature changes from changes in sea surface temperature

Consider a body of water, where the change in temperature for a given time period can be estimated by: $$ \frac{dTw}{dt} = \frac{Q_{net} \times A}{\rho \times C_{pw} \times V}$$ where $dt$ is the ...
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Holographic dual of pure-classical systems

There are classical systems (eg. see Sections VII and VIII of Kogut's review) that shares many of the properties of a pure-gauge SU(N) quantum theory including factorization and mass-gap, but with ...
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Temperature below absolute zero?

I saw this Nature article today, which cites e.g. arXiv:1211.0545. And it makes no sense to me. The temperature of a collection of particles is the average kinetic energy of those particles. Kinetic ...
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How is it possible that it can get hotter in the car than it is outside?

The Law of Thermodynamics says that two bodies will eventually have equal temperatures. How is it possible that when you leave your car in the sun, it gets hotter in the car than it is outside? Why ...
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Why can't liquid nitrogen be sealed in gas cylinders?

By observing the phase diagram of nitrogen, hydrogen and carbon dioxide, I discovered the supercritical region. I can easily buy a gas tank of carbon dioxide at 250 Bars. However I never saw any ...
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Is average kinetic energy equal to the total thermal energy of a gas?

"Average KE" as in this equation: $$K_{average} = \frac{3}{2} kT$$ Since potential energy in ideal gas model is eliminated, I guess this equation is also for the total thermal energy of a gas/a ...
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What is the most efficient way to use a blow torch?

Let's start with a torch and a piece of titanium. What is the fastest way to get the titanium up to red hot? Whenever I ask my science-y friends they like to point out that the bright blue tip is ...
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Why do people say “finite temperature” instead of “nonzero/positive temperature”? [duplicate]

This question is about terminology. The term "finite temperature" is often used to mean positive temperature, or equivalently finite inverse temperature $\beta = 1/T$. It seems to me that better ...
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Why does humidity cause a feeling of hotness?

Imagine there are two rooms kept at the same temperature but with different humidity levels. A person is asked to stay in each room for 5 minutes. At the end of experiment if we ask them which room ...
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Explain Stefan-Boltzmann Law?

Can someone explain the Stefan-Boltzmann law in an easy-to-understand way?
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concerning the effects of temperature and density on the speed of sound [duplicate]

here is my relatively broad question: how does the temperature and density of a medium effect the speed at which sound travels through it? Now I shall elaborate: it is my understanding that there ...
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Will heating up an object increase its mass? [duplicate]

According to the $E=mc^2$ equation, will an object whose thermal energy (temperature) rises also weigh more? And by the same token, will the mass of an object decrease as its temperature approaches ...
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Temperature and Heat question [closed]

So I have a problem about calculating the specific heat of a metal. I'm using the philosophy "Heat gained = Heat lost". The problem is: When 50g of a metal at 280C is put into a calorimeter ...
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Negative resistance temperature coefficient of metals

How is it explainable that some metals have their electrical resistance increased while other metals act the other way? When the temperature of a metal rises the molecules move faster and from my ...
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Why it is colder in mountains, at high altitudes?

The conventional answer is to say that "lower temperature follows from lower pressure because temperature is average molecular energy (average speed)". For instance "Temperature is a measure of ...
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Mono-atomic gas particles coupled by spring forces don't care how many particles are involved?

I calculated the partition function of $N$ classical atoms of identical mass $m$ who all experience a mutual spring forces with identical spring constant $k$. The Hamilton is \begin{align} H = ...
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How to calculate relative humidity from specific humidity and temperature?

If I know specific humidity and temperature at a location, can I calculate relative humidity using these two?
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Temperature on the surface of the sun calculated with the Stefan-Boltzmann-rule

In a German Wikipedia page, the following calculation for the temperature on the surface of the Sun is made: $\sigma=5.67*10^{-8}\frac{W}{m^2K^4}$ (Stefan-Boltzmann constant) $S = 1367\frac{W}{m^2}$ ...
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Temperature modelling

I have to find a mathematical model for the temperature vs. time to study the temperature of the environment next to a lamp. This lamp is made off and on on, let's say, a daily basis The lamp is ...
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If temperature is dependent on mass, how did the early universe have a temperature?

I am near the end of the book The First Three Minutes by Steven Weinberg. I am reading it in order to get a better picture of the early universe in the Big Bang model. But one thing I am having ...
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Water enclosed in a vessel

Suppose I am taking water in a glass or metal or even something else. It s air tight and (so it is water tight). Now imagine, if I keep it heating and none of its molecule escapes from it, what am I ...
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How do we measure thermal energy?

My textbook says "The amount of thermal energy is found by measuring the temperature of the substance." However, how is this true? Temperature measures only the average kinetic energy of the particles ...
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Why do rotating devices make air colder? [duplicate]

I end up thinking this question frequently recent days. It seems an easy question but i cannot find the answer. You could say "faster the air, cooler it becomes" in that case i am expecting an ...
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Prove that negative absolute temperatures are actually hotter than positive absolute temperatures

Could someone provide me with a mathematical proof of why, a system with an absolute negative Kelvin temperature (such that of a spin system) is hotter than any system with a positive temperature (in ...
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Is temperature the speed of electrons?

Back in the middle school (which I guess was about 10 years ago) I remember being taught that the temperature of an atom is basically the speed of electrons circling the nucleus which kinda made sense ...
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A draft makes people feel cold. How can that be measured?

On some days our office feels very cold to the point at which we find it difficult to type because our hands have gone numb. But our facilities manager insists it is the same temperature as always. ...
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How does liquid convert to gas on getting thermal heat energy?

Say for example, when we heat, water converts to steam gas. How does it happen? What happens underneath giving rise to breaking of bond between molecules in liquid state and spreading them in gas ...
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When to use Kelvin over Rankine and vice versa

Kelvin and Rankine are both used by scientists over Celsius and Fahrenheit to record heat, but are they both used interchangeably, dependant on the country or preference of an individual, or are there ...
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unchanged temperature of balloon inside freezer

I'd tried to put a balloon in the freezer and after enough time (several hours), I took it out and noticed that as I touch it that it's temperature did not drop down . I took an empty balloon ( not ...
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Calculating the Surface Temperature of the Sun with a Metallic Strip from the Surface of Earth

I am trying to calculate the surface temperature of the sun with a copper strip. I have a temperature sensor to calculate the temperature of the strip and that's it. Assuming the rate at which energy ...
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How is heat transferred to a thermometer?

Quick question. I can't seem to find a satisfactory answer online. How does a thermometer measure the average kinetic energy of atmospheric air? I assume that the energy is transferred by molecular ...
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Can electrons reflect light?

Lately, I have been watching sparks while connecting my electronic devices and I can notice that electricity is kind of blue, and theoretically it's blue because it reflects blue wavelengths?? And ...
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Does wrapping a wet paper towel around a glass bottle really speed up the cooling process?

There are claims like this one that you can improve the cooling speed of beverages when you put them wrapped in a wet paper towel inside the refrigerator/freezer. I've just tried it by myself and ...
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Can UV light make us invisible?

For an object to create different EM waves, it needs to increase the temperature, so what if we or some material could be so hot, that it would emit ultraviolet light, and thanks to that be invisible ...
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Can temperature be a complex number?

Is it possible for a temperature to be a complex number? I want to say "no" but I can't be so sure. If it is possible I would like to know of an example. I found an interesting article which treats ...
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Will my coffee end up colder if I wait to put in the milk? [duplicate]

When I receive a cup of coffee, and I'm not yet ready to drink it, will it lose less heat if I immediately add the milk, rather than wait to add the milk just before I drink it? (Bonus points for ...
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What's the basic difference between heat and temperature?

Temperature is usually seen as a calibrated representation of heat but what about latent heat? Eg. Ice and water have different amounts of heat at 0 degree c.
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What type of relationship should the speed of sound vs. air temperature graph have? Linear? Quadratic? Exponential? [duplicate]

I did a lab in class and the data I got might be a bit skewed (this is homework). When I graphed the speed of sound (m/s; y-axis) vs. air temp (degrees Celsius; x-axis), my graph resembled that of the ...
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Gay-Lussac's Law & the Patriots

This may be a question better suited for xkcd what if? section...but here goes: with all the hoopla around the patriots / colts game and allegations of cheating by deflating footballs, I've read/heard ...
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Convert Temperature into Speed/Kinetic Energy

If the temperature of an object is simply a measurement of the average kinetic energy of the molecules within it; is it possible to convert the temperature of an object, given it's volume, into either ...
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Is there a highest temperature? [duplicate]

Im new to physics and do not yet know of all of the terms and math. I was wondering about temperature. I read that there is the lowest temperature which is absolute zero where nothing happens, i.e. ...
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The difference between heat and temperature

So as I understand it, heat energy of an object is the SUM of all the kinetic energies of the molecules of the object (upto constant factor). The temperature on the other hand is the AVERAGE of the ...
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What happens as you approach/cross the Planck temperature?

According to IFLScience, above the Planck Temperature (absolute hot) conventional physics break down. My question is what happens as you approach this temperature, and, if it is possible, what ...