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Mini-Quiz: Thermal Potential Energy

by Ron Kurtus (13 November 2014)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. What happens to the thermal potential energy when a piece of paper burns?

The paper becomes complete thermal potential energy

The potential energy is released as kinetic energy and increased temperature

The thermal potential energy become neutralized

2. What happens when molecular electrostatic forces are released?

The material can change its state or phase

The molecules stick together

Potential energy is increased

3. How can nuclear decay increase the thermal kinetic energy of a material?

High energy nuclear particles collide with molecules to increase their kinetic energy

Decay changes the environment of the material, thus heating it up

Nuclear decay gives off hot particles that can cause damage to the material

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Physics. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

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