Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 16 - Think and Explain: 50

Answer

Wood is a poor heat conductor whether it is cold or hot. Yes, you can safely grab a hot wooden pan handle for a short time. Not much heat is conducted into your hand if you grab it briefly. On the other hand, touching a hot iron handle would be a bad idea, because heat is easily conducted to your hand and you will suffer a bad burn.

Work Step by Step

This is discussed on page 303.
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