In this lesson students use their knowledge about specific heat capacity and the equation of q=mct to perform two different computer activities.
For this lesson students need access to computers or tablets to perform the activities.
To begin this lesson I explain the two virtual labs and go over my expectations for student behavior during the activities. For more details about how I use computers in chemistry see my reflection in the Elaborate section of my Introduction to Energy Lesson.
The first virtual lab that students do in this lesson can be found on Glencoe's website. This screencast movie shows how students perform the virtual lab by clicking through the procedures, recording, and analyzing their data.
For the second activity students perform another set of experiments on the computer, this time using a simulation from the State University of New York's website. This screencast movie explains the virtual lab.