Revise GCSE Physics


Question: What does heating an object mean?

Caution!! You must be really careful when talking about heating an object, because in every day English heating means two different things.

In science "Heating" means 'giving energy to an object in the form of Heat'.

But in everyday life "heating" can mean 'increasing the temperature of an object'.

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This makes heating a tricky concept because heating an object does not necessarily cause the objects temperature to increase. As you will read in a later section, if an object is at its melting or boiling point, then its temperature will remain constant until the object has finished changing its state.

You must only use the scientific meaning of heating, which is giving heat energy to an object.