Temperature and States of Matter

Sensations of temperature are part of everyday experiences. My friend's hand is warm. The ice in my drink is cold. Florida in July is hot. When we quantify these sensations by measuring temperature, we usually found: the warmer the sensation the higher the temperature.

We also know from experience that temperature can affect the `state' of matter. Water turns to ice when we put it in the freezer. It also turns to steam when we boil it on the stove.

But what exactly is temperature?

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SimuLab 1: States of Matter

SimuLab 2: Velocity Distribution


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