Misconception NGM067:

Energy is spontaneously transferred out of colder regions or objects and into hotter ones.

Items that test for misconception NGM067 in this project () and key idea ()
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NG101002

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.

45%

NG028003

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

44%

RG186001

When a student holds a snowball in her hand, her hand will get colder because some energy is transferred from the student’s hand to the snowball.

42%

NG026004

While a student holds a cold piece of metal in her hand, the metal will get warmer because thermal energy is transferred from warm objects to cold objects when the objects are touching each other.

29%

NG022003

When water that is 40ºF is poured into a cup that is 70ºF, thermal energy is transferred from the cup to the water until they reach the same temperature.

23%

NG022004

When water that is 40ºF is poured into a cup that is 70ºF, thermal energy is transferred from the cup to the water until they reach the same temperature.

22%

NG025004

While a student holds a cold piece of metal in her hand, the metal will get warmer because thermal energy is transferred from the student's hand to the metal.

20%

NG047005

When a ball that is 50ºF is placed in a bucket of water that is 80ºF, thermal energy is transferred from the water to the ball until they are both the same temperature.

16%

NG061003

When cold butter is placed on top of hot corn, thermal energy is transferred from the corn to the butter but not from the butter to the corn.

14%

NG027003

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

14%

NG061002

When cold butter is placed on top of hot corn, thermal energy is transferred from the corn to the butter but not from the butter to the corn.

13%