Middle School Physical Science Teacher Guide

(PS-3852)

Features 23 core lab activities that cover the fundamental concepts of Force & Motion, Energy Transfer, Electricity & Circuits, Fluids and more.

Investigating Solar Energy

Lab Summary

Use a temperature sensor to measure the change in temperature of black coffee as it is warmed by sunlight.

Theory

Students analyze the heat that reaches them in the form of light from the sun and identify the sun as the major source of energy for supporting life on the earth.

Method

Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Calculating the solar energy that reaches them by using a temperature sensor to measure the change in temperature of coffee as it is warmed by sunlight
  • Constructing an insulated cup system to hold a coffee sample for testing
  • Using math skills to compute differences in temperatures, times, and rates of warming
  • Organizing and comparing their data in simple tables or graphs, and identifying relationships the temperature patterns reveal

Your Bundle Options:

Option 1:

Middle School Physical Science Bundle

(PS-2914)

Equipment bundle for teaching 23 Middle School Physical Science Teacher Guide labs.

Option 2:

Middle School Science Standard Sensor Bundle

(PS-2933A)

This bundle contains the probeware needed to perform all 49 lab activities in the Middle School Science through Inquiry lab manual.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.