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Learning to Use a Temperature Probe

Experiment #1 from Elementary Science with Vernier

Education Level
Elementary School


You can use a Temperature Probe to measure the temperature of many things, like water, air, or your hand. In this activity, you will learn how to use a Temperature Probe and Graphical Analysis.


In this activity, you will

  • Measure the temperature of your hand.
  • Explore graphs produced by moving a Temperature Probe between cups holding water with different temperatures.
  • Learn to write detailed steps to be able to create the shape of an M or W on the graph using the Temperature Probe.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following sensors and equipment. Additional equipment may be required.

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