Misconception NGM015:

When a cold and a warm object are placed in contact with each other, the warm object gets colder and the cold object gets warmer because “coldness” is transferred from one object to the other (Brook, Briggs, Bell, & Driver, 1984; Newell & Ross, 1996).

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NG048004

A can of juice in contact with an ice pack will be colder than a can of juice that is not in contact with an ice pack because thermal energy was transferred from the can of juice to the ice pack.

70%

NG101001

When a warm can of soda is in contact with cold water, thermal energy is transferred from the can of soda to the water so the can of soda gets cooler and the water gets warmer.

38%

NG063006

When a cold bottle is placed in a cabinet, the temperature of the bottle will increase and the temperature of the air in the cabinet will decrease because energy will be transferred from the air to the cold bottle.

19%

NG031004

If a hot frying pan is placed on the counter, after a while the frying pan, the counter, and the air will be at the same temperature because thermal energy will be transferred from the frying pan to the counter and from the frying pan to the air.

18%

NG031003

If a hot frying pan is placed on the counter, after a while the frying pan, the counter, and the air will be at the same temperature because thermal energy will be transferred from the frying pan to the counter and from the frying pan to the air.

17%

RG014004

Energy is given off by a burning candle because the flame gives off light and heats the air.

15%

NG027002

When a cold object is in contact with a warm object, thermal energy is transferred from the warm object to the cold object.

14%

NG062002

A hot cookie will transfer more thermal energy to a cold plate than a cookie that is at room temperature because the temperature difference between the hot cookie and the cold plate is greater than the temperature difference between the cookie at room temperature and the cold plate.

10%

NG062003

A hot cookie will transfer more thermal energy to a cold plate than a cookie that is at room temperature because the temperature difference between the hot cookie and the cold plate is greater than the temperature difference between the cookie at room temperature and the cold plate.

9%

RG030003

A heat pack has less chemical energy after a reaction occurs inside the pack because some of its energy was transferred to a skier’s hands.

9%