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# Do objects have the same temperature at thermal equilibrium?

Updated: 8/11/2023

Wiki User

12y ago

Many factors affect the actual change in temperature, not the least of which is the mass of each object. If one of the objects is very massive in relation to the other, it may cobtain more heat than the smaller one, even if the smaller one has a higher temperature to start with. Answer

I agree but for a different reason. Even if the objects are of identical size and mass, it seems there will be substantial loss of entropic heat, and I'm guessing that the hotter of the two will experience more loss of entropic heat than the cooler one. So the temperature changes are not likely to be the same.

Wiki User

16y ago

Wiki User

10y ago

OK, let's see an example. Two objects of the same mass and same material (for simplicity) have temperatures of 50Â° and 60Â°, respectively. When heat is transferred between them, they may have temperatures of, say, 51Â° and 59Â°; later 52Â° and 58Â°, etc.; this will continue until they have the same temperature. But if they only have contact for a brief time, they will not necessarily have the same temperature - it needs a certain time for the temperatures to become equal.

Wiki User

12y ago

yes, they do.