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Is it possible for heat to be a physical form?

  1. Apr 24, 2016 #1
    By physical form I mean stored chemical or actual be a physical thing you can touch. Yes I understand it already is a physical form in atoms but I mean is it possible to have a jar of heat.
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  3. Apr 24, 2016 #2


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    You mean like Sterno?
  4. Apr 25, 2016 #3


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    No, you can't have a jar of heat. You also can't have a jar of blue (although you can have a jar of blue paint), you can't have a jar of speed, you can't have a jar of acceleration and you can't have a jar of logic. Plenty of things that can't be jarred.
  5. Apr 26, 2016 #4
    The phlogiston theory has been falsified by the experimental observation that heat can be produced in any amount without consuming any other substances. One might consider phonons to be heat-particles but I wouldn't call that a chemical.
  6. Apr 26, 2016 #5


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    Well, I always use a bucket of BTUs to warm up on those cold mornings. :rolleyes:

    But be careful touching the bucket - you can burn yourself. It is full of heat after all. :wink:
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