Are Heat And Temperature The Same Thing?

Are heat and temperature the same thing?


I remember reading or hearing that heat and temperature are not the same thing, but this seems odd to me since if you heat something then its temperature rises.

And on a hot day the temperature is higher than on a cold day.

So what’s the scoop, are heat and temperature the same thing, and if not then what’s the difference?


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3 Responses to Are Heat And Temperature The Same Thing?

  1. knopfman says:

    Nearly all of us have most likely noticed that when you heat something up, its temperature rises so it’s somewhat natural to think that heat and temperature are the same thing, but they’re not.


    I’ll keep it as simple as I can, and it’s really only the concept that causes the problem

    Heat is the total energy of molecular motion in a substance.

    Temperature is a measure of the average energy of molecular motion in a substance.

    Heat energy depends on the speed of the particles, the number of particles (the size or mass), and the type of particles in an object.

    Temperature does not depend on the size or type of object.

    For example, the temperature of a small cup of water might be the same as the temperature of a large tub of water, but the tub of water has more heat because it has more water and thus more total thermal energy.

  2. RegSpragg says:

    Not the same thing.
    Heat is energy; temperature is just a number/measurement of how high or low the heat energy is.
    An example;
    If you fill a pint glass with boiling water (100 degrees C) you will have 100 degrees of heat and temperature.
    If you fill 10 pint glasses with boiling water you will still have 100 degrees of temperature but you will have 10 times the heat energy.
    It annoys me when weather forecasters talk about hotter or cooler temperatures instead of higher or lower.
    How can you have a warmer or cooler number?
    You can have a higher or lower one though.

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