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Misconception EGM062:

Thermal energy is not related to the kinetic energy of the molecules that make up an object (AAAS Project 2061, n.d.).

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The thermal energy of an object depends on the number and motion energy of the molecules that make up the object.



For two objects that are made up of the same type of molecule and the same number of molecules, the molecules of the object with more thermal energy have more motion energy.