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					          Heat Transfer

Heat is another word for thermal energy.

Heat energy always moves from warm to
     cold, until the system reaches
         equilibrium (balance).
             Heat Transfer
Heat can be transferred (moved) 3 ways:

   conduction: direct contact between
  convection: up-and-down movement of
 fluids (liquids and gases) due to differences in
 temperature and density (hot fluids rise ,
 cold fluids sink ).
 radiation: electromagnetic (EM) waves that
travel through space, and transfer their energy
as heat when they reach an object.
                Everyday Examples:
 the metal spoon in your hot chocolate gets hot
after a while
 a cold can of soda gets warm after it’s been out of
the refrigerator for a while
 the attic of your house is always warmer than the
 drafts of cold air come in at the bottom of the door,
not the top.
 solar panels collecting and storing solar energy
 dark clothes are hotter on a sunny day than white
   Conductors & Insulators

 If a material allows heat to pass through it
quickly, it is called a good conductor.
             (Examples: metal, glass)

 If a material does not allow heat to pass
through it quickly, it is called a good insulator.
           (Examples: plastic, wood)

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                        Heat Transfer by

• Fast-moving, high-energy molecules
collide with the slow-moving, low-energy
molecules, transferring their energy (heat)
to them.
        Heat Transfer by Convection
• When molecules absorb heat,
they move faster, spread out
and rise because they are less
• When molecules lose heat,
they slow down, come closer
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      Heat Transfer by Radiation
• Radiation moves energy without any help from
particles of matter.
• The Sun’s energy radiates (travels in waves)
through space to reach Earth.
• Energy that travels by radiation is called
electromagnetic (EM) waves.
Light is one kind of EM radiation we can see, but
visible light is just one tiny part of the EM spectrum.

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Electromagnetic (EM)spectrum


As the wave’s wavelength decreases (shortens),
   the amount of energy it carries increases.
                 Photo of infra-red radiation
                    (heat) coming from a cat
Although we
can’t see it,
the heat we
feel on our
skin when we
stand in the
sun or put our
hands over a
hot stove
is caused by
another type
of EM
The 3 Kinds of Heat Transfer

All 3 kinds
Fire transfers heat energy 3 ways:

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Convection currents: currents in fluids
(liquids or gases) that transfer heat as warm
fluids rise and cold fluids sink.

              Currents in the
                       Convection currents in the earth

Convection       Convection currents in the atmosphere &

Currents in
the Earth’s
       Most of our weather is the result of
     convection currents in the atmosphere.

Forced-Air Heating Systems– fuel is burned in a
furnace and a fan circulates the heat in the house

 Which method of heat transfer is being used here?
Which of the following best explains why
the end of a spoon sticking out of a cup
of hot water also gets hot?

The hot water causes a chemical reaction to
occur in the spoon.
 The heat from the hot water is conducted
through the spoon to the handle.
The hot water heats the air surrounding the
upper part of the spoon.
The hot water causes a physical change in the
spoon handle.
When it is very hot in his room,
Stuart makes it cooler by opening
both the top and the bottom of his
window. Which statement best
explains why this works?

 Air comes in the top to cool the ceiling and in the
bottom to cool the floor.
 Cooler air comes in the bottom and warm air goes
out through the top.
 Warmer air goes out through both the bottom &
 It does not make any difference because if there is
no wind, the air will not come in.
  In which situation has heat energy
    moved mainly by conduction?

A radiator heated with hot water warms a room.

The person sitting closest to the blazing fire finds
it necessary to move farther from the heat.

The handle of a cast iron skillet being used to
cook something becomes too hot to touch.

The red-hot coil of an electric space heater is
used to keep a small room warm.
Which BEST
explains how
the food on the
stove is being
 conduction
 convection
 interaction
 radiation
Which of the following is an example
  of heat transfer by convection?

 A hot wood stove heats an entire
 The handle of a pot that is being
heated becomes warm.
 A teaspoon in a glass of hot tea
becomes warm.
 The coils of a toaster become red.
What is the process by which
heat energy gets to Earth from
          the Sun?

Patti used a steel wrench to work on her bicycle
on a hot, sunny day. She left the wrench on the
hot concrete for an hour, then returned, to find
the wrench very hot to touch. What is the BEST
explanation for how the wrench got so hot?

Heat transferred from the wrench to the air.
Heat transferred from the bicycle to the wrench.
Heat transferred from the wrench to the concrete.
Heat transferred from the concrete to the wrench.

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