Misconception EGM021:

Cold/frozen objects do not have any thermal energy (AAAS Project 2061, n.d.).

Items that test for misconception EGM021 in this project () and key idea ()
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How Often the Misconception was Chosen

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RG147001

A dog, ice cube, and fire all have energy.

32%

EG064001

Both a piece of metal that feels hot and a piece of metal that feels cold have thermal energy.

29%

EG065002

Water has more thermal energy than ice because the thermal energy of a substance depends on how fast the molecules that substance are moving, and the molecules of water are moving faster than the molecules of ice.

19%

EG054002

Water has more thermal energy than ice because the molecules of water are moving faster than the molecules of ice.

19%

EG054003

Water has more thermal energy than ice because the molecules of water are moving faster than the molecules of ice.

17%

EG038004

All things have thermal energy, not just warm things, hot things, and things that are not frozen.

15%

EG031004

For two ice cubes of the same mass, the ice cube with the higher temperature has more thermal energy than the ice cube with the lower temperature.

13%

EG061004

For two ice cubes at the same temperature, the ice cube with the smaller mass has less thermal energy.

12%

RG207001

When comparing two ice cubes that are at the same temperature but are made up of different numbers of water molecules, the ice cube that is made up of more molecules has more thermal energy.

11%

EG053006

For two ice cubes that are made up of the same number of molecules, the ice cube with the molecules moving at the lower average speed has less thermal energy.

9%