Spectral distribution of the intensity of the radiation of a blackbody (Planck spectrum)

Planck’s law and Wien’s displacement law

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Planck's law describes the radiation emitted by black bodies and Wien's displacement law the maximum of the spectral intensity of this radiation. Learn more about it in this article.
Design of a Laser-Flash-Analyzer (LFA) for the determination of thermal diffusivity conductivity

Laser-Flash method for determining thermal conductivity (LFA)

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With the Laser-Flash method (Laser Flash Analyser, LFA), the thermal conductivity is determined by the temperature rise in a test sample that is heated by a short laser pulse...
Determination of thermal conductivity with the Transient Hot Wire method (HTW)

Transient-Hot-Wire method method for determining thermal conductivity (THW)

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With the Transient-Hot-Wire method (THW), the thermal conductivity is determined by the change in temperature over time at a certain distance from a heating wire. Learn more about the...
Design of a Heat-Flow-Meter for determining thermal conductivity (HFM method)

Heat-Flow-Meter method for determining thermal conductivity (HFM)

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With the Heat-Flow-Meter method (HFM) the thermal conductivity is determined by comparative measurement of the heat flow using a reference sample. Learn more about this absolute measurement method in...
Design of a measuring device for the determination of thermal conductivity according to the Guarded-Hot-Plate Method (GHP)

Guarded-Hot-Plate method for determining thermal conductivity (GHP)

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With the Guarded-Hot-Plate method (GHP) the thermal conductivity is determined by the electrical power output of a hot plate with guided heat conduction. Learn more about this measurement method...
Temperature curve along a heated thin rod

Heat equation (diffusion equation)

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The heat equation describes the temporal and spatial behavior of temperature for heat transport by thermal conduction. Read more about it in this article.
Mean free path in a thin gas with low pressure and a dense gas with high pressure

Thermal conductivity of gases

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The thermal conductivity of ideal gases is not dependent on pressure for gases that are not too strongly thinned. This is no longer the case for gases with low...
Experimental setup for the measurement of thermal conductivity

Experimental setup for determining thermal conductivity

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In this article you can learn more about the experimental determination of the thermal conductivity of materials using steam and ice. This...
Sun as a blackbody with a surface temperature of 5778 K

Heat transfer by thermal radiation

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With thermal radiation, heat is transferred by electromagnetic waves without the presence of a substance! You can read more about this mechanism in this article.
Heat transfer using the example of a central heating system

Heat transfer by thermal convection

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With heat transfer by thermal convection, heat is transported with a flowing substance. Convection only occurs in fluids, i.e. gases and liquids. You will find more information in this...
Experiment to demonstrate heat transport by thermal conduction

Heat transfer by thermal conduction

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Heat transfer by thermal conduction means that heat is conducted through a material. Heat energy is transferred from molecule to molecule at the atomic level. More information on this...
Heat flow from a hot object to a cooler one

Rate of heat flow: Definition and direction

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The rate of heat flow refers to the heat energy transferred per unit of time ("heat output"). The drive for the heat flow is a temperature difference. Learn more...
Thermal conduction through a house wall

Thermal conductivity (Fourier’s law)

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Thermal conductivity is a measure of how well or poorly a material conducts heat energy (measure of the strength of heat conduction)! You can read more about this in...
Mixing temperature when pouring cold milk into a cup of hot coffee

Heat and thermodynamic equilibrium

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In thermodynamics, heat is the transport of energy due to a temperature difference. Heat in this respect is never "contained" in an object! Learn more about the thermodynamic concept...
Thermal image of a cup with hot tea and a building

Heat transfer (heat transport)

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Heat transfer is the transport of thermal energy from a warmer object to a cooler object. A distinction is made between thermal convection, thermal conduction and thermal radiation. You...
Visible radiation of a light bulb

Stefan–Boltzmann law & Kirchhoff’s law of thermal radiation

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The Stefan-Boltzmann law states that the radiant power of an object in thermal equilibrium is proportional to the fourth power of temperature and directly proportional to its surface! Learn...
Degrees of freedom of a molecule

Internal energy & heat capacity

This article provides answers to the following questions, among others: What is the internal energy of a gas?What are the characteristics of the thermal...
Mean free path

Mean free path & collision frequency

The mean free path is the average distance a particle travels without colliding with other particles! Learn more about the mean free path in this article!
Balls on a vibrating plate

Derivation of the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution function

The Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution function of the molecular speed of ideal gases can be derived from the barometric formula. This article shows the derivation.
Pressure distribution during compression of a gas

Equipartition theorem

This article provides answers to the following questions, among others: What statement does the equipartition theorem provide?What is a degree of freedom in the thermodynamic sense?Why...
Thermographic image of a car

How does a thermal imaging camera work?

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This article provides answers to the following questions, among others: How do thermal imaging cameras work?Why is the thermal image displayed in false colors?
Infrared thermometer (Pyrometer)

How does a infrared thermometer (pyrometer) work?

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This article provides answers to the following questions, among others: How do IR thermometers (pyrometers) work?What are the advantages of pyrometers?
Thermocouple

How does a thermocouple work?

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This article provides answers to the following questions, among others: How does a thermocouple work?What is the Seebeck effect?What are the differences between the types of...
Resistance thermometer (Pt100)

How does a resistance temperature detector (resistance thermometer) work?

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This article provides answers to the following questions, among others: How do resistance thermometers work?Why should the measurement current for an RTD be as low as...
Cut through a vapour filled thermometer (vapour-in-metal thermometer)

How does a vapour pressure thermometer (vapour-in-metal) work?

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This article provides answers to the following questions, among others: How do vapor pressure thermometers work?Why do vapor pressure thermometers have a non-linear scale?
Cut through a gas filled thermometer (gas-in-metal thermometer)

How does a gas filled thermometer (gas-in-metal) work?

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This article provides answers to the following questions, among others: How do gas filled thermometers work?What are the advantages of gas-in-metal thermometers compared to liquid-in-metal...
Cut through a liquid filled thermometer (liquid-in-metal thermometer)

How does a liquid filled thermometer (liquid-in-metal) work?

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This article provides answers to the following questions, among others: How do a liquid-in-metal thermometers work?Why should the inner diameter of the coiled tube be kept...
Bimetal thermometer (spiral type)

How does a bimetallic strip thermometer work?

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This article provides answers to the following questions, among others: How do bimetal thermometers work?Why is the bimetal wrapped into a spiral or a helix?Why are...
Principle of temperature measurement with a liquid-in-glass-thermometer

How does a liquid-in-glass thermometer work?

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This article provides answers to the following questions, among others: How do liquid thermometers work?What properties must thermometric liquids have?Why is mercury hardly used as a...
Design of a velocity selector to determine the speed distribution in gases

Determination of the speed distribution in a gas

This article provides answers to the following questions, among others: How can the speeds of the particles in a gas be determined experimentally?What is a histogram?What...
Randomly distributed velocities of the particles of a gas

Pressure and temperature

This article provides answers to the following questions, among others: What is the kinetic theory of gases?What are the assumptions on which the kinetic theory of...
White glow of a blackbody at 6000 K

Blackbody radiation

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Blackbody radiation (cavity radiation) is the thermal radiation of a blackbody, i.e. a body that absorbs all incident radiation. Find out more about blackbody radiation in this article.
Speed distribution of an ideal gas for different temperatures

Maxwell–Boltzmann distribution

The Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution describes the molecular speed distribution of ideal gas molecules. Find out more in this article. This article provides answers...
Schematic illustration of an evaporation process

Why do liquids evaporate?

This article provides answers to the following questions, among others: How can the evaporation of liquids be explained?Why does a cooling effect occur during evaporation?Why does...
Thermal response with cooled and uncooled hand

Temperature scales

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This article provides answers to the following questions, among others: What is temperature in the physical sense a measure for?Which reference points are used as the...
Illustration of Brownian particle motion with balls

Temperature and particle motion

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This article provides answers to the following questions, among others: What is the general relationship between the temperature and the particle movement of a substance?Why does...
Particle model of matter (oxygen, hydrogen, water)

Particle model of matter

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This article provides answers to the following questions, among others: What is the particle model of matter?How can the solid, liquid and gaseous states of...