Problem: A piece of metal is heated, then submerged in cool water, which statement below describes what happens?1. The temperature of the metal will increase2. The temperature of the water will increase3. The temperature of the metal will increase and the temperature of the water will decrease4. The temperature of the metal will decrease and the temperature of the water will increase.

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When a piece of metal is heated, then submerged in cool water, the metal and water will eventually reach thermal equilibrium:

Recall that heat is always transferred from higher temperature to lower temperature. 

A piece of metal is heated → higher temp

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A piece of metal is heated, then submerged in cool water, which statement below describes what happens?

1. The temperature of the metal will increase

2. The temperature of the water will increase

3. The temperature of the metal will increase and the temperature of the water will decrease

4. The temperature of the metal will decrease and the temperature of the water will increase.

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