How does the kinetic energy change when a liquid is cooled gradually?

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May 4, 2018

When a liquid is cooled gradually, the kinetic energy decreases and potential energy decreases.


This is because temperature is a measurement of the average kinetic energy of a substance. So, when you cool a substance, the temperature drops and makes the molecules move slower, lowering its KE. Because the molecules are more at rest, their potential energy increases.

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