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Induction Cooking Diagram
Induction cooktops can get hot, but only because of the heated base of the cookware. Heat transfers to the cookware through conduction. It is similar to the heat transfer from a hot pan to a countertop if you set it down to rest. It is also the reason why the ceramic glass surface of the cooktop never gets as hot as a traditional radiant electric range. Heating also stops when you remove the pan from the cooktop.
Source: The 6 Best (and Tested) Induction Cookware Sets, Pots & Pans in 2019, Stone Frying Pans
Induction cooktops heat only the pan and not the surrounding stove. Ice cubes don't melt on the cooktop even while water boils in the pan.
Induction Compatibility Symbol (Source)
Digital thermometers interfere with electromagnetic waves and are not compatible with induction cooktops. Use an analog thermometer with induction cooktops.