Heat is not temperature. Temperature is a measurement. And, it is the way that we describe the warmness or coldness of a substance. The measure of temperature is a scale, generally Celsius (C) or Fahrenheit (F), that has been defined using various reference points, the freezing of water (32 degrees F or 0 degrees C)Continue reading “From the Archives – Heat”
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The Thermometer – Origin of the Scale
From the Archives – An excerpt from a previous column, published in the Ponca City News Midweek in June 2017. Our ability to measure temperature comes from the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics: if object A is in thermal equilibrium with object B and object B is in thermal equilibrium with object C, then A andContinue reading “The Thermometer – Origin of the Scale”
What is Cold?
The Nation is in the grips of a weather event that has been described as frigid, cold, artic, etc. Essentially, most individuals would agree is the weather is cold. But does cold have a scientific meaning? Not, really, cold is a relative term. Similarly, hot is a relative term. People tend to think of hotContinue reading “What is Cold?”