Energy Transfer Through Materials

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How to transfer energy from an element to another.
Hi and thanks for taking the time to read my question.

So, if i take an element and place it on top of another element and heat it, will the heat energy pass through the first and charge the other or it'll melt both elements?

Thanks!
 

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Summary:: How to transfer energy from an element to another.

Hi and thanks for taking the time to read my question.

So, if i take an element and place it on top of another element and heat it, will the heat energy pass through the first and charge the other or it'll melt both elements?

Thanks!
What do YOU think, and why? This is not a Q&A forum where you just ask a question and get an answer. We expect some effort on your part.
 
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Summary:: How to transfer energy from an element to another.

Hi and thanks for taking the time to read my question.

So, if i take an element and place it on top of another element and heat it, will the heat energy pass through the first and charge the other or it'll melt both elements?

Thanks!
Personally, I put the fry pan on the stove and the butter in the fry pan.

This tends to work better than putting the butter on the stove and the fry pan on top.
 
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Welcome, kostassstefan! :cool:

If yours is a school assignment, we will need to see your attempt to solve it, as well as more details of the problem that has been given to you.

In general, yes, thermal energy can flow through solid materials.
The process is known as heat transfer.
It can be in both directions; therefore, your elements could heat up or cool down, according to the direction of that flow of thermal energy.

Whether one or both elements melt, depends on how high a temperature they reach during the heat transfer from an external source of thermal energy.

Please, see:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_transfer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melting
 

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