Question #2248d

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Oct 16, 2015

There are many differences.


Conduction means the flow of heat between two objects that are in thermal contact.There is no actual mass transfer,only the thermal energy is passed from layer to layer.
Convection means transfer of heat between fluids by actual mass transfer. It occurs only in fluids.
Radiation means the emission of thermal energy in the form of electromagnetic waves by an object.

So some key differences are:-
1. You will need multiple objects which are not in thermal equilibrium to observe conduction or convection but only one object to observe radiation.
2. All objects radiate heat all the time, the amount of which depends on it's temperature.
3. Radiation can travel through space(vacuum) as well as a material medium.