Advanced Placement / Environmental Science

Investigating Specific Heat

In this lab, students explore specific heat by measuring the temperatures of water and sand under an incandescent bulb. Then, they use a calorimeter to precisely measure the specific heat of each.


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Calorimetry Cups

Calorimetry Cups (6)

Set of six styrofoam calorimeter cups for beginning Calorimetry

Temperature Sensor

Wireless Temperature Sensor

The Wireless Temperature Sensor is a general-purpose sensor found in many science labs. With a rugged, waterproof design, and long-lasting battery, students can spend more time collecting data and less time dealing with equipment.

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Source: Lab #03

Advanced Environmental & Earth Sciences

Investigating Specific Heat