If a large pan of soup and a small bowl of soup have the same temperature, what do you know about the thermal energy of the two containers of soup?

1 Answer
Feb 7, 2016

Answer:

It is proportional to the masses of the two containers' contents.

Explanation:

Thermal energy is the heat contained in something. The amount of heat something can contain is a function of its mass and heat capacity. Therefore, the difference in thermal energy of things will similar properties will depend only on the differences of their masses.