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How is temperature related to kinetic energy?

Question asked by: dannyboy

There is a positive correlation between kinetic energy and temperature.

Basically the higher the temperature of something, the more kinetic energy its molecules have.

This makes intuitive sense, for instance consider frozen water - ice.

Here the molecules don't have much energy so pack rigidly together to form a solid.

Give them more energy and they can jostle and break those bonds to become water, more energy still and they zoom about all over the place and are free to break completely to become the gas of water vapour.

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