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How does heat transfer work?

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Heat transfer works by transferring energy from one substance to another via convection, conduction or radiation. Particles in a substance are able to store energy and transfer it to other particles, often in the form of heat.

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Convection, one of the major types of heat transfer, involves energy moving from high areas of heat to low areas. If one area is hotter than a nearby area, heat will be transferred until both areas are the same temperature. Conduction occurs between two substances in contact. Energy is transferred as a result of molecular movement and interaction. Radiation heat transfers occurs on some level from all objects, as atoms emit energy as electromagnetic waves, which can be absorbed by other atoms.

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