Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite
Converting typical kinetic energies we are used to into thermal energy typically produces small rises in temperature and that this was in part responsible for the difficulty in discovering the law of conservation of energy. It also implies that hot objects contain a lot of energy. (This latter comment is largely responsible for the industrial revolution in the 19th century.) To get some feel for these numbers, carry out three estimates:
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