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I know that an absolute zero is suppose to exist. Is there a maximum temp on the other end of the scale. It seems that at a certain temperature the increasing velocity and collision of molecules would result in combustion.

It is certainly true that increasing the temperature will eventually cause combustion but this does not limit the temperature -- it just indicates the limit of the temperatures that a particular combination of materials can withstand.

The only limitation to the upper end of the temperature scale would be the limitation of the available energy.

Dr. Bradburn

There is no maximum temperature. Temperature is a measure of the average kinetic energy of particles, which can be no less than zero (hence absolute zero), but there is no upper limit.

It is true that at high enough temperatures, things like molecules and even atoms will fly apart into their constituents. That does not mean that the pieces can't still move even faster. So any given material may not endure at high temperatures, but that does not at all mean that even higher temperatures aren't possible.

Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
Assistant Director
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois

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