Heat Transfer

Resources

Hands holding a hot mug

Introduction to Heat Transfer

Learn about the different ways that heat is transferred.
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Introduction to Heat Transfer

Casting hot iron

What Causes Hot Things to Glow?

Getting electrons excited by heat can cause certain materials to give off visible light when heated - like filaments in light bulbs.
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What Causes Hot Things to Glow?

Digital Baking Thermometer

Tools: Thermometers

6 images of some instruments such as clinical and baking thermometers that have been designed to measure temperature for specific purposes
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Tools: Thermometers

Energy-saving light bulbs are a great way to save money at home

Energy Efficiency at Home

If you understand heat transfer, you can make lots of little changes at home to help the environment and your household’s bank account!
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Energy Efficiency at Home

Kids camping

How Do Sleeping Bags Work?

How do our bodies get cold? How do sleeping bags keep us warm?
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How Do Sleeping Bags Work?

Above: Tires on a Boeing 737 (Wikimedia Commons/Politikaner)

How do an Airplane's Tires Help It Land Safely?

Manufacturing and engineering airplane tires is important work! Learn how airplane tires keep the aircraft safe during takeoff and landing.
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How do an Airplane's Tires Help It Land Safely?

Heat pump diagram

Tapping Underground Energy with Heat Pumps

Using the heat of the Earth’s interior, you can heat your home with a ground source heat pump. This kind of heating is cheaper and better for the environment!
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Tapping Underground Energy with Heat Pumps

Thermal images of people and objects

Thermopower and the Body Heat-Powered Flashlight

Can your body be a source of electricity generation? Maybe, if you understand heat transfer. Explore this concept through a 2013 invention by a Canadian teen.
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Thermopower and the Body Heat-Powered Flashlight

Hot sunrise in space

Temperature: On Earth and on the Space Station

This backgrounder explains what temperature is, how it is measured, how it affects people, and how it is controlled on the International Space Station.
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Temperature: On Earth and on the Space Station

What is an exothermic reaction?

What is an exothermic reaction?

Things are heating up! Explore the temperature change that occurs in an exothermic reaction and the role of catalysts is this chemistry activity.
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What is an exothermic reaction?

Hurricane Katrina as seen from space

Where Do Hurricanes Come From?

Hurricanes are a kind of tropical cyclone. But where do they come from? And why do they cause so much damage? This article will answer all your storm-related questions!
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Where Do Hurricanes Come From?

A variety of lava lamps

Lava Lamps

Lava lamps are very interesting to look at. But they are also interesting examples of buoyancy, heat transfer and solubility!
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Lava Lamps

A melting world-shaped glacier

What is Ocean Warming and Why Does It Matter?

Oceans absorb the greatest amount of solar radiation on Earth. Ocean warming can lead to glaciers melting and ocean acidification.
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What is Ocean Warming and Why Does It Matter?

How does nuclear power work?

Generating Electricity: Nuclear Energy

Learn how electricity is generated at a nuclear power generating station.
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Generating Electricity: Nuclear Energy