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Solid, Liquid, Gas: Water Can Do it All!

Figure from experiment 15 from Elementary Science with Vernier

Introduction

As you have learned, materials can exist in three different states: solid, liquid, and gas. Water is a substance that we often see in all three states. You put solid water (ice) in your drinks to cool them down. You drink liquid water when you are thirsty. And, you breathe gaseous water when you take a breath. During this activity, you will watch your teacher melt and boil water, and make observations about what you see happening.

Objectives

In this experiment, you will

  • Determine the temperature at which ice melts.
  • Determine the temperature at which water boils.
  • Make observations about water as it goes from a solid to a liquid, and then to a gas.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Standards Correlations

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Experiment 15 from Elementary Science with Vernier Lab Book

<em>Elementary Science with Vernier</em> book cover

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