Thermal Energy Examples

Thermal Energy
Thermal energy is often referred to as heat. The thermal energy of matter depends on how fast the atoms or molecules are moving. The faster they are moving, the more thermal energy they possess. Therefore, the temperature of the matter would be higher. Thermal energy is a form of kinetic energy.
Examples of Thermal Energy:

1. A 12 ounce glass of water at 70 degrees has more thermal energy than a 12 ounce glass of water at 60 degrees.

2. Adding ice to a glass of water causes the temperature of the water to decrease because the thermal energy in the water causes the ice to melt.

3. A grill gives off thermal energy by burning propane.

4. The sun's thermal energy heats our atmosphere.

5. Thermal energy from a hot stove is transferred to a metal pot and causes the water molecules to move faster increasing the temperature of the water.

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