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Convection

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Convection
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Convection is a method of heat transfer that only happens in liquids and gases.

It cannot happen in solids. If you heat a liquid or a gas, the particles in it move faster and this makes them spread out.

Because the particles are spread out there are fewer particles in a volume (e.g. a cubic centimetre).

Because there are fewer particles in each cube of the liquid or gas, the cube is lighter (the warmer the gas or liquid, the less dense it is). The lighter cube (the less dense gas or liquid) rises up and denser, cooler gas or liquid takes its place.

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