Many students think of temperature as a measure of the amount of heat an object contains, and that the temperature of objects is related to their size
For example, the temperature of a large block of ice is lower than that of a smaller block.
The effect of size or mass can be illustrated by heating two different amounts of water with the same setting on the bunsen burner, and observing the change in temperature.
The following worksheets may help to identify whether students hold this particular misconception.
For more information, see the University of York BEST website.
Resources to Address This
Temperature and particles related to energy (11-14)
Ref - SPT En05 PN02
- Temperature is termed an intensive quality since it does not depend upon the number of particles (or mass of substance) present.
- Thermal energy is an extensive quantity since it depends upon the number of particles (or mass of substance) present.
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