Featured in PASCO’s Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide

Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide


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.


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 Absolute Pressure/Temperature Sensor


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

PASPORT Stainless Steel Temperature Probe


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


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.