Featured in PASCO’s Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide

Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide

(PS-2873C)

Features over 30 inquiry based labs covering the core topic areas of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, thermodynamics and more.

Temperature vs Heat

Lab Summary

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

Theory

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.

Method

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 Absolute Pressure/Temperature Sensor

(PS-2146)

Designed for ideal gas law allowing both absolute pressure and temperature measurement. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

PASPORT Stainless Steel Temperature Probe

(PS-2153)

Is a versatile probe with wide temperature range. For use with PASPORT and ScienceWorkshop Interfaces.

Materials Used:

Aluminum mass, 200 g ~ 2

Calorimetry cup ~ 2

Copper mass, 200 g ~2

Hot plate

String, 15 cm ~ 4

Paper clip ~ 2

Beaker, 600 mL

Vegetable oil ~ 500 g

Water ~ 500 g

The Associated Bundle:

Physics Standard Sensor Bundle

(PS-2931B)

Contains the probeware needed to perform all 37 lab activities in the Physics through Inquiry lab manual.

Interface Required

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