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Keepin' it Cool! Design Your Own Thermos

Introduction

How does a thermos keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold? This activity will give you a chance to use some of the things you have learned about heat to design your own thermos.

Objectives

In this activity, you will

  • Use what you learned about heat to design a thermos that will keep cold water cold for as long as possible.
  • Measure the changing temperature of the water in the thermos.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

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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Investigating Temperature

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Are We Cool or What?
2Why Do We Need Thermometers?
3Celsius or Fahrenheit. What's the Difference?
4Getting it Just Right!
5The Temperature Probe Spends the Night
6Hold Everything! Comparing Insulators
7Keepin' it Cool! Design Your Own Thermos
8I'm Melting! Water Changes States
9Solid, Liquid, Gas: Water Can Do it All!
10Cool Reaction! The Reaction of Baking Soda and Vinegar

Experiment 7 from Investigating Temperature Lab Book

<i>Investigating Temperature</i> book cover

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