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# Temperature

## The average kinetic energy of atoms in a piece of matter.

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An Eggselent Idea!

### Fried Egg Eggs-periment

Credit: Isaac Wedin
Source: http://flic.kr/p/a64HpZ

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Temperature is used to measure the average heat of particles.  In the United States, temperature is measured in Farenheit; in science, temperature is measured with Kelvin and Celsius, but both are using the same scale.

Ever hear the expression, “It’s so hot, I could fry some eggs outside?”  Have you ever wondered if that is actually possible or not?  You can find out now.

### Creative Applications

1. How high does the temperature need to be before the egg starts cooking?
2. Go outside and leave a pan outside under the sun on a hot, sunny day.  Measure the temperature on the pan.  Do you think the pan is hot enough to cook the egg?

3. Place the pan inside or on top of a car parked outside.  Will the pan get hot enough to cook there?
4. Some people use magnifying glasses or mirrors to help cook.  What do these and other tools (not the stove) do to help cook the egg?

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