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Why is metal hotter than wood why does metal get hotter?


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2012-12-20 07:43:13
2012-12-20 07:43:13

metal gets hotter because of the sea of electrons; electrons are moving freely, therefore, metal gets way hotter than wood

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There are several occasions where this is not so... It isn't, the are the same temperature but as metal is more conductive than wood it will feel colder or hotter at the same temperature as heat is transfered more quickly from your hand to the object (feels cold) or from the object to your hand (feels hot)

Yes and for longer. Coal is essentially compressed wood.

yes wood furniture is better than metal. metal will show wear they rust and dent. the wood furniture last longer

This is all down to how good a material can conduct heat. Metals conduct heat much more readily than wood. This means that if you were to heat the ends of 2 identically sized rods, 1 of steel and 1 of wood, (think of 12" steel and wooden rulers) the heat would travel down the steel ruler faster than the wooden one. So back to the bench - there are 2 things happening to make the metal bench feel hotter. 1) The heat from the sun would heat the metal faster than the wood because of the good conductivity of the metal, so the metal could actually be hotter. 2) If the metal and wooden benches had been in the sun long enough for them to have reached the same temperature, then because the metal conducts heat better than the wood, when you touch the metal bench it "feels" hotter because the metal is far better at transferring the heat away from itself and into your hand than the wooden bench is. This also works for cold items. A card/paper carton of juice taken from the fridge does not feel as cold as a metal can of drink standing next to it, again this is because the metal conducts heat better than the card/paper.

Metals are conductors of heat and therefore get "hotter faster."

Both will absorb heat, metal better than wood.

it get's hotter than a burning temperature

Actually, the reasons metal objects often feel cooler than wooden objects has to do with the way the body feels heat and the rate metal conducts heat. If a room is left at 72 degrees Fahrenheit, all of the objects in the room will eventually reach 72 degrees, but a person standing in the same room will be at 98.6 degrees. When a person touches something in the room, he or she will be at a higher temperature than the object. Heat will flow from the hotter object (the wood or metal). The heat will flow through the wood or metal away from the person's skin, but at different rates, faster through the metal and slower through wood. We say then that metal conducts heat better than wood does. The end effect is there is less heat left in the finger where it touches metal than where it touches wood. The nerves in the finger sense the finger is cooler and the metal object seems cooler.

It would help if you were more specific other than a metal and wood combination, but Ironwood is the strongest wood out there, if that helps you.

Metal conducts heat faster than wood. Thus is you pick up a piece of wood in one hand and a piece of metal in the other the metal will take heat away form your hand faster than the wood and thus feels colder.

It depends on which wood and which metal. For example, the wood lignum vitae is approx 2.5 times as dense as the metal lithium.

The end that is being heated should be hotter than the other end.

Because wood and plastic do not conduct heat as efficiently as metal does. If a pot or pan has a metal handle, the handle will get much hotter much faster than a wooden or plastic handle would.

We find that metal is a better conductor of heat than plastic or wood.

Wood furniture will generally last a lifetime,the same can be said for metal.

Wood kitchen utensils are more fersitil but metal is easy to clean.

Because metal conducts electricity more efficiently and in a faster rate than wood does. :)

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