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Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that the transfer of thermal energy when two components of different temperature are combined within a closed system results in a more uniform energy distribution among the components in the system (second law of thermodynamics).

 
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Heat, Temperature and Calorimetry

High School Chemistry » Unit: Calorimetry
High School Chemistry » Unit: Calorimetry
Raymond Stadt
Blue Island, IL
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The specific heat of a substance determines how much energy is required to change the temperature of a sample depending on its mass.

 
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Exploring Calorimetry

High School Physics » Unit: Thermodynamics
High School Physics » Unit: Thermodynamics
Timothy Brennan
Woodstock, VT
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Scientists often proceed by inducing a rule from examples.

 
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Introduction to Physics via Thermodynamics

High School Physics » Unit: Thermodynamics
High School Physics » Unit: Thermodynamics
Timothy Brennan
Woodstock, VT
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Science is exploratory, iterative, and surprising.

 
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Specific Heat Virtual Labs

High School Chemistry » Unit: Unit 6: Energy
High School Chemistry » Unit: Unit 6: Energy
Rachel Meisner
Chula Vista, CA
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Calorimetry experiments allow scientists to determine the Calories per gram of various foods and determine the specific heat capacities of substances.

 
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Hot Rocks Lab Work - Day 1

High School Physics » Unit: Thermodynamics
High School Physics » Unit: Thermodynamics
Timothy Brennan
Woodstock, VT
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Students attend to precision and strive to report their results to the greatest precision allowed by their instruments.

 
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Introduction to States of Matter

High School Chemistry » Unit: Intermolecular Forces
High School Chemistry » Unit: Intermolecular Forces
Raymond Stadt
Blue Island, IL
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To freeze milk into ice cream, students must have something to absorb thermal energy from the milk.

 
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Hot Rocks Lab Work - Day 2

High School Physics » Unit: Thermodynamics
High School Physics » Unit: Thermodynamics
Timothy Brennan
Woodstock, VT
Environment: Rural
 
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When pursuing open-ended questions, there may be more questions than answers!

 
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Enhancing Our Energy Model: From Naive to Sophisticated

High School Physics » Unit: Thermodynamics
High School Physics » Unit: Thermodynamics
Timothy Brennan
Woodstock, VT
Environment: Rural
 
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Scientists revisit their work and their ideas, continually comparing their models to reality.

 
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Conservation of Energy . . . To the Rescue!

High School Physics » Unit: Thermodynamics
High School Physics » Unit: Thermodynamics
Timothy Brennan
Woodstock, VT
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The fact that energy is conserved can be leveraged to make powerful predictions.

 
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Introduction to Specific Heat

High School Chemistry » Unit: Calorimetry
High School Chemistry » Unit: Calorimetry
Raymond Stadt
Blue Island, IL
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Specific heat connects the amount of heat, the mass, and the temperature change of a substance.

 
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Testing Our Thermal Loss Procedures

High School Physics » Unit: Thermodynamics
High School Physics » Unit: Thermodynamics
Timothy Brennan
Woodstock, VT
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Scientists test their ideas to see how well they adhere to real world situations.

 
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Day 1 of 4--Engineering a Calorimeter: What is a Prototype?

High School Chemistry » Unit: Thermodynamics
High School Chemistry » Unit: Thermodynamics
Emilie Hill
Los Angeles, CA
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A prototype is a model that can be tested and refined in order to meet specifications required of a final product; designing a final product that meets a specific function requires multiple iterations and tests along the way.

 
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Hot Rocks Lab Work - Day 3

High School Physics » Unit: Thermodynamics
High School Physics » Unit: Thermodynamics
Timothy Brennan
Woodstock, VT
Environment: Rural
 
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Scientists look for ways to make their data collection processes better.

 
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Calorimetry Lab

High School Chemistry » Unit: Calorimetry
High School Chemistry » Unit: Calorimetry
Raymond Stadt
Blue Island, IL
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The mass and the initial temperatures affect the final temperature of a mixture of samples of the same substance.

 
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Tracking Energy Flow in Heat-Related problems

High School Chemistry » Unit: Calorimetry
High School Chemistry » Unit: Calorimetry
Raymond Stadt
Blue Island, IL
Environment: Urban
 
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Amount of heat transferred to a substance, its mass and identity, and the temperature change of the substance are all related.

 
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