Cold packs are used to treat sprained ankles and similar injuries. A cold pack is typically made of a thin plastic inner bag containing water. That bag, in turn, is surrounded by a heavier plastic bag containing a solid substance. When the pack is twisted, the inner bag breaks and releases the water. As the solid substance dissolves in the water, energy is absorbed and the resulting mixture gets colder.
In this experiment, you will first determine temperature changes as several different solid substances dissolve in water. You will then develop and test a plan for making the best cold pack using 3.0 grams of one of the substances and the best amount of water.
In this experiment, you will
Use a Temperature Probe to measure temperature.
Determine temperature changes as solid substances dissolve in water.
Design and test a plan for making the best cold pack.
Report your results.
Sensors and Equipment
This experiment requires each of the following Vernier sensors and equipment (unless otherwise noted):
Step-by-step instructions for computer-based data collection
List of materials and equipment
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