The ice cube feels cold to your hand because heat is being transferred from your hand to the ice cube,which is at a lower temperature




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Video Transcript

So we have been asked the question Why an ice cube feels cold? Tow our hand when we touch it. Well, let's consider that the normal temperature of our body is about 37 degrees Celsius. The temperature oven ice cube is about zero degrees. Since Celsius, the Ice cube has a lower temperature, so when we touch the ice cube, heat from our hand is transferred into the Ice cube. This results in the lowering of the temperature in our hand, which we sense is cold now. The opposite would happen if we were touching something that was hot. Say we were holding a cup of tea or hot chocolate. We would sense warmth because the hot beverage is, ah, higher temperature than the temperature of our hand. So he will transfer from the warm beverage into our hand, and we would sense warmth. So the sensation of either hot or cold just is determined by which direction he is traveling. If it's traveling from our hand into an ice cube, we've since cold. If the heat is traveling from a warm beverage into our hand, we sense warmth, and there you have it