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What is the hottest possible temperature?

Question asked by: mrquestion

Asked on: 25 Jan 2010

There is no hottest possible temperature.

Some people get confused by this pointing to the fact that there is a coldest possible temperature so why isn't there a hotter.

This is because of what temperature is, being a measure of the heat energy, which relates to the motion of the individual particles in the given thing whose temperature is being recorded.

So there is a minimum amount of heat energy in such a system corresponding to when nothing is moving - this is absolute zero - where all molecular movement can be seen at stopping. However there is no equivalent maximum temperature because you could keep on pumping energy into a system.

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Replied at: 25 Jan 2010
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