Reflection: Rigor Specific Heat Virtual Labs - Section 3: Elaborate Part I


For this virtual lab I found that I had to make sure to walk around the classroom and help students with their calculations. 

It is nice that the computer program does the calculations for the students, but they do need to plug in values. 

A lot of student groups got confused about which numbers to plug in so I had to make sure to help them as I walked around the classroom. 

I have done this lab before and am always trying to change the way that I word the directions to help clarify this for students, but I have found that I really need to make sure to help each group individually. 

Here is a copy of an Updated Virtual Lab where I changed the columns to bold text to highlight data students need to transfer between tables to input into the calculations.

  Rigor: Student confusion with virtual calorimetry calculations
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Specific Heat Virtual Labs

Unit 5: Unit 6: Energy
Lesson 7 of 9

Objective: Students will be able to calculate the amount of Calories per gram of different foods and determine the specific heat capacity of various substances through performing two virtual labs.

Big Idea: 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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Science, Chemistry, Exothermic Reactions, calorimetry, specific heat capacity, heat, temperature, specific heat
  95 minutes
calorimetry virtual lab
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