Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Exploring Calorimetry - Section 4: Preliminary Insights


As the period drew to a close, it was apparent that students were not truly ready to share out their ideas. I was able, however, to capture some of the groups' efforts to answer the Big Question.  Here, a group of four boys get tantlalizingly close (they invoke the idea of thermal energy as m*c*delta T) but just miss . . .

And , here, a group of four girls really work at being heard and sharing their thoughts about the "proportions" involved.  

Though the sound quality is compromised by other conversations in the room, I like both of these examples for their moments of insight and for the students' genuine engagement with the complex task.

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Exploring Calorimetry

Unit 1: Thermodynamics
Lesson 6 of 14

Objective: Students will grapple with the physics that governs the exchange of energy between two or more objects.

Big Idea: Scientists often proceed by inducing a rule from examples.

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