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BSL Physics Glossary - heat conduction - definition

Translation: Heat conduction happens when heat travels along a material like metal. One end of the metal gets hot and the atoms move faster because of the heat energy. This affects the next atom in the metal and the heat travels from atom to atom along the metal bar. You can feel this happening if you stir some hot food with a metal spoon. At first the metal handle feels cool, but then the heat is conducted through the metal. Then you feel the heat through the end of the spoon you are holding.