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  1. #1 Can an object attain the temperature of its surroundings? 
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    Based on Newton's Law of Cooling, can an object attain the temperature of its surroundings?


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    based on first principals objects attain the temperature of the surroundings.


    everything is mathematical.
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    It would approach the temperature asymptotically.
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    thats just being nitpicky harold =)
    everything is mathematical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by organic god
    thats just being nitpicky harold =)
    No, he is being precise. And correct. Thermodynamics has a way of winning in these arguments.
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    yes i'm not disagreeing with him.

    I understand the simple beauty of thermodynamics, and do not attempt to argue against one of the main foundations of scientific theory.

    I'm just saying that when there is a heat transfer between two objects (object and the surroundings) in an isolated system, eventually they will reach thermal equilibrium and we can attribute a single temperature to the whole system
    everything is mathematical.
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    A single drop of hot water can change the temperature of the entire ocean. Such an amazing thing to think about. So simple.
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  9. #8 Re: Can an object attain the temperature of its surroundings 
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    Quote Originally Posted by 123456789
    Based on Newton's Law of Cooling, can an object attain the temperature of its surroundings?
    Why not? It depends on the discrepancy of the temperatures. I was told the colder object will heat up. Warmth only always was radiated not cold. Which, seemingly, was being true I think. As long as there was not an other object which even was colder again then the coldest one priorly was. Which also was true, seemingly. : )

    I mean, the temperature of the surroundings could drop largely depending on how much energy was used up to increase the temperature of the colder object. Thus, I think, it was depending strictly on how much heat energy was available all about.

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