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Name __________Tony Lokure_____________

In each of the following situations, identify the method of heat transfer taking place
(conduction, convection, radiation). More than one process may be occurring.
1. Hot coffee is stirred with a spoon, the spoon gets hot due to _____convection__________.
Explanation: The heat from the liquid is transferred to the spoon and since this transfer of heat is from a
liquid this transfer of heat is a convection.
2. A chair is placed several feet from a fire in a fireplace. The fireplace has a glass screen. The
side of the chair facing the fireplace gets warm because of__radiation_____________.
Explanation: The reason as to why the side of the chair facing the fireplace is warm is because the
transfer of heat had to be through gasses which would mean that the heat was transferred through radiation.
3. A certain type of decorative lamp contains colored liquids. These liquids form globs that break
off and rise to the top of the liquid. The globs rise due to _____convection__________.
Explanation: In a convection heat transfer, the hot water particles, being less dense, rises to the top,
while the colder water particles sink. As a result, the liquid becomes hotter. The same thing applies to lava
lamps.
4. Near the ceiling of a room the air is warmer. The warm air rises because of ___convection____________.
Explanation: In a convection heat transfer, the hot particles rise, while the colder particles sink. This
would be the same concept.
5. A college student holds the back of his hand near an iron to see if it is hot. Heat is transferred
to his hand by __________conduction_____.
Explanation: The transfer of heat in conduction is through direct contact, and because the student
touched the iron, the heat from the iron transferred to his hand.
6. A heater is placed under one corner of a water bed mattress. Warm water moves throughout
the mattress because of ________convection_______.
Explanation: The heat is being transferred through liquids, therefore it is convection.
7. A certain type of stainless steel cookware has a layer of copper applied to the bottom to help it
heat evenly. The copper transfers heat to the pan by ___conduction____________.
Explanation: The heat from the copper transfers to the pan through direct contact, therefore it is
conduction.
8. In a swimming pool, the water near the surface is slightly warmer. The warm water rises
because of ___________convection____.
Explanation: The hot water in the pool rises because it is less dense while the colder water sinks.
9. One end of a copper rod is placed in a flame of a Bunsen burner. Small pieces of wax placed
along the rod melt at progressively larger distance from the flame. Heat is transferred through
the rod by ____conduction___________.
Explanation: The heat is transferred from the flame through the rod by conduction because it is by direct
contact.
10. A house burns down. On the house across the street, all of the vinyl siding is twisted and
warped by the heat. The heat was transferred across the street by ______radiation_________.
Explanation: The transfer of heat is through gasses by electromagnetic waves, therefore it is radiation.

11. Warm air over the beach rises while cooler dense air from the ocean rushes in due to
_____convection__________.
Explanation: The transfer of energy is through liquids, therefore it is convection.
12. The metal skewer gets so hot that you drop your marshmallow in the campfire because of
__________radiation_____.
Explanation: The transfer of heat is through electromagnetic waves because it is not through direct
contact.
13. A huge rock at the state park gets so hot during the day that you cant sit on it from
___________radiation____.
Explanation: The suns rays are a source of heat and that is transferred though electromagnetic waves
making this transfer of thermal energy radiation
14. You lay on that same rock at night so that you can keep warm by ______conduction_________.
Explanation: The transfer of heat is through direct contact making it conduction.
15. A fireman feels a door and it is hot from the fire on the other side due to __radiation_____________.
Explanation: The heat is transferred from the fire to the door through electromagnetic waves because it
is not through direct contact, thus, making it radiation..
16. The cause of weather systems on earth is __________convection_____.
Explanation: The hot air particles rise while the colder air particles sink. This is the basis for all weather
systems.

17.You are in the top bunk of a bunk bed and you want to turn the air conditioner on while your
friend on the bottom bunk is fine is caused by ____convection___________.
Explanation: My friend on the bottom bunk of the bed would feel cool air because the cold air sinks and
the hot air rises which is why I, being on the top bunk would be feeling hot. This transfer of heat is called
convection.