Physics

Question

What is the relationship between heat and thermal energy?

1 Answer

  • Answer:

    Thermal energy refers to the energy contained within a system that is responsible for its temperature. Heat is the flow of thermal energy.

    Explanation:

    Thermal energy is the total kinetic energy possessed by the system, by virtue of its molecular motion. It is a "property" of the system. Heat is an energy in transit, when there a is temperature difference between two systems. It is not "possessed" by a system, because it is a process function.

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