Reflection: Classroom Setup Heat Transfer in Architecture: Conduction - Section 2: Design the Investigation


The investigation has safety considerations that must be considered before teaching the class. I use a hot plate for my investigation. This can also be done on a Bunsen Burner. Before I begin, I review safety considerations by  asking, "What do we need to do to keep safe at the Bunsen burner?" The correct answers include, using safety goggles, pulling back long hair, rolling up the sleeves, and no horseplay.  

I have a beaker filled with water and a metal spoon, a glass stirring rod, and a wooden spoon. There are digital thermometers attached by duct tape to each of the utensils. I place the beaker on the hot plate and turn up the heat. As the water warms, the utensil temperature will also warm up. The metal gets hottest, fastest. The wood spoon takes the longest to get hot. 

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  Classroom Setup: Investigation Set Up
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Heat Transfer in Architecture: Conduction

Unit 6: Designing for the Future: Eco Friendly Building
Lesson 7 of 10

Objective: SWBAT determine test wood, metal, and glass to determine the material that prevents and promotes heat transfer through conduction.

Big Idea: How can conduction help designers and engineers build eco-friendly homes? Tire of the same old Heat Transfer Lessons? Use this lesson for a real life case of how an architect uses conduction to determine eco-friendly materials.

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