If you increase an object’s temperature, what will happen to the object's thermal energy and why?

  1. It will decrease because increasing an object’s temperature decreases its thermal energy.
  2. It will increase because increasing an object’s temperature increases its thermal energy.
  3. It won't change because an object's thermal energy does not depend on its temperature.
  4. It won't change because objects do not have any thermal energy.

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Grades 6–861%
Grades 9–1263%
Primary Language is English62%
Primary Language is not English55%

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