This inquiry-based classroom lab investigates of the nature of heating and cooling by thermal absorption and emission. Using temperature probes connected to computer USB interfaces, the students examine the effects of radiant heat on three metal cans of varying colors. The lesson plan is detailed and thorough, giving explanations of how to use computer tools to graph results of the experiment. The lab is a true integration of technology and physics education.
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July 18, 2006
by Caroline Hall
July 3, 2012
by Lyle Barbato
Last Update when Cataloged:
January 1, 2004
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Heat and Temperature Unit Title: The Relationship Between Heat and Temperature
In this investigation, students explore thermal absorption by using temperature probes connected to computer USB interfaces to examine the effects of radiant heat on three metal cans of varying colors. Step-by-step directions make the set-up easy.
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