Featured in PASCO’s Physical Science through Inquiry Teacher Guide

Physical Science through Inquiry Teacher Guide


Features over 29 inquiry based labs covering the fundamental concepts mechanics, chemical reactions, properties of matter, energy transfer, the geosphere and more.

Temperature vs Heat

Lab Summary

Use a temperature sensor to explore the relationship between heat transfer and temperature change in various substances.


Students establish a fundamental understanding of the relationship between heat transfer and temperature changes in substances. This activity is designed to provide students with an understanding of:

  • How dissimilar objects have the capacity to transfer different amounts of heat to a solution although they start at the same temperature.
  • How the temperature of dissimilar solutions changes with an identical amount of heat transferred to each solution.
  • The ability of a solution or object to transfer heat, and how that transfer is related to increases/decreases in temperature.


In this investigation, your students will gain experience with the following tools and techniques:

  • Identifying and controlling the correct variables in an experiment.
  • Measuring the change in temperature of a system from a graph.
  • Defining the relationship between temperature and heat based on data.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Chemistry Sensor


Allows students to measure Temperature, pH/ISE/ORP, Absolute Pressure & Voltage in one sensor. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

Basic Calorimetry Set


Uses inexpensive styrene foam calorimeters, three different metal samples, and more to allow students to investigate the specific heat of substances, the latent heats of vaporization and fusion of water.

Hot Plate


This compact and durable hot plate can reach up to 400 °C in minutes. The cast aluminum top plate provides an even heating surface, and it even has a built in support rod holder.

Materials Used:

Balance - 1 per class
Beaker, 600-mL - 2
Paper clip - 2
String, 15-cm - 4
Vegetable oil 500 - g
Water - 500 g

Your Bundle Options:

Option 1:

Physical Science Starter Sensor Bundle


A sensor bundle specifically designed to get you started using probeware in your physical science lab.

Option 2:

Physical Science Standard Sensor Bundle


Contains PAStrack System and Clamps, Density and Mass Sets, and all of the probeware needed to perform all 29 of the Lab Activities from Physical Science Teacher Guide.

Interface Required

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