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


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.


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.

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 9 from Investigating Temperature Lab Book

<i>Investigating Temperature</i> book cover

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