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# Are temperature and thermal energy the same thing?

Updated: 4/28/2022

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9y ago

No. I always think of this issue in terms of water, which is an admittedly sleazy

analogy, but I think it puts the point across:

-- Thermal energy is the water you pour into something, and temperature is how deep

it is in there when you finish pouring.

-- The wider the bucket is, the more water you have to pour into it to make it 1 foot deeper.

-- The larger an object is, the more thermal energy you have to add to make its temperature

5 degrees or 10 degrees higher. You need more thermal energy to warm up a swimming pool

than you need to warm up a glass of milk, both to the same temperature.

-- Units ?

Pints, quarts, or liters for water.

Joules or Calories for thermal energy.

-- Fahrenheit degrees or Celsius degrees ?

Both are perfectly good ways to report the level after you finish pouring.

The difference is just a matter of where you mark 'zero' on the side of the

bucket, and how wide you make the marks above and below the zero mark.

-- Is the 'zero' mark really zero ?

No. The bucket actually extends down about a mile into the ground. It has

a real bottom to it, and if you could ever take enough water out of it, you'd

eventually get down to a place where it's completely empty and there's not

a drop more to take out. But that's very hard to do, and nobody has ever

done it. We mark 'zero' on the side of the bucket up here where we are, and

as rain fills it and people take water out, it always stays right around this level.

-- Is the 'zero temperature' mark really zero ?

No. Zero temperature is actually hundreds of marks colder than objects ever

get. There is a real bottom to it, and if you could ever take enough thermal

energy out of it, you'd eventually get the temperature down to a condition

where there's absolutely no more thermal energy left to take out. That's the

real zero, called 'absolute' zero. But that's very hard to do, and nobody has

ever done it. We mark 'zero' on our thermometers up here, near the lowest

where we can keep comfortable, and as Winter and Summer come along, and

we pour thermal energy into our homes or pump it out, we always keep the

temperature right around this level.

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### How is thermal energy and temperature same?

They are not the same. "Thermal energy" is the same as "heat".

### Does two objects at different temperature have same thermal energy explain?

No,two objects at different temperature does not have the same thermal energy because both objects have different temperature .object with high temperature has more thermal energy and the object with low temperature has less thermal energy.

### What does temperature have to do with thermal energy?

Temperature is the measurement of the average thermal energy in an object. If two different sized rocks have the same temperature, then the bigger one has more thermal energy.

### Can two substances have the same specific heat?

It will be having different temperature, but same thermal energy and same temperature, but different thermal energy

### How are thermal energy and temperature alike?

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### What direction does thermal energy flow?

Thermal Energy always transfer from the higher temperature to lower temperature until both bodies reach the same temperature or in thermal equilibrium with each other.

### What type of energy is heat?

Heat is thermal energy. It is pretty much the same thing as thermal energy.

### Are Heat energy and thermal energy opposite?

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### How is heat different from thermal energy?

There is no particular difference between heat and thermal energy. Heat is a form of thermal energy. Since thermal energy is energy from heat, heat and thermal energy are basically the same thing.

### 2 glasses of water have the same thermal energy must they have the same temperature explain?

How you can tell is the temperature between the two liquids. If one of the liquid's temperature is warmer than the other one, then that liquid has more thermal energy.

### What is a large object at the same temperature as a smaller one has more or less thermal energy?

Thermal energy depends on mass, temperature and specific heat capacity of the material. Larger means, is that in mass? If so then thermal energy would be more in larger compared to that smaller at the same temperature provided both are made up of the same material.

### How are heat and thermal energy the same?

Yes! Thermal is just a synonym for heat.AnswerNo. The terms, 'thermal energy' (and 'heat energy') are long-obsolete. The modern term for what used to be called 'thermal energy' or 'heat energy' is 'internal energy'. These days, 'heat' is considered not to be a 'form of energy', but energy in transit between a higher temperature to a lower temperature.