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Wind Chill

Figure from experiment 28 from Earth Science with Vernier


A nice breeze can cool you down on a hot day or send a chill through you on a day that is already cold. Wind carries heat away from our bodies making us feel cooler. This phenomenon is called wind chill. The wind chill temperature (sometimes called the wind chill factor) is the temperature we feel based on both the actual temperature and the wind speed.

In this experiment, the effect of wind on the temperature of a warm body will be measured and analyzed. A Temperature Probe will measure the temperature of warm water in a flask that represents a human body. A second Temperature Probe will measure the actual temperature of the air. There will be no wind in Part I, whereas wind will be generated by a fan in Part II.


In this experiment, you will

  • Use a Temperature Probe to measure the effect of wind on the temperature of a warm body.
  • Use a Temperature Probe to measure the effect of wind on the temperature of the air.
  • Interpret your results.

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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Earth Science with Vernier

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Introduction to Data Collection
2Exploring Magnetism
3Where IS North?
4Searching for Iron Ore
5Sea Floor Spreading
6Soil pH
7Soil Salinity
8Soil and Acid Rain
9Soil Temperature
13Total Dissolved Solids
14Water Treatment
15Salinity of Ocean Water
16Acid Rain and Its Effect on Surface Water
17Freezing of Ocean Water
19Mapping the Ocean Floor
20Are All Sunglasses Created Equal?
21Comparing Sunscreens
22UV Light and Clothing
23Reflection and Absorption of Light
24The Greenhouse Effect
25Land and Sea Breezes
26Relative Humidity
27Dew Point
28Wind Chill
29Seasons and Angle of Insolation
30Fossil Fuels
31Solar Homes
32Photovoltaic Cells
33Wind Power
P1Air Temperature
P2Air Temperature and Relative Humidity
P3Ground Temperature
P4Barometric Pressure
P5Measuring Particulates
P6Weather Stations

Experiment 28 from Earth Science with Vernier Lab Book

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