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Why Do We Need Thermometers?

Figure from experiment 8 from Elementary Science with Vernier

Introduction

Have you ever been really cold in your classroom while everyone else was hot? Do you sometimes feel really warm outside, even though you are told that you need to wear a coat because it’s cold? The temperature your body senses does not always match the temperature that would be recorded by a thermometer. It is possible that on the day you felt warm outside, even though it was cold, you had been running around and were already warm. When you do this activity, you will see if previous conditions affect the ability of your hands to measure temperature.

Objectives

In this activity, you will

  • Determine if touch is adequate to determine temperature.
  • Explain the need for a thermometer.

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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3Baggie Mittens
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5Cool Reaction!
6Cold as Ice
7Are We Cool or What?
8Why Do We Need Thermometers?
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10Getting it Just Right!
11The Temperature Probe Spends the Night
12Hold Everything! Comparing Insulators
13Keepin' it Cool! Design Your Own Thermos
14I'm Melting! Water Changes States
15Solid, Liquid, Gas: Water Can Do it All!
16Learning to Use the Pressure Sensor
17Get a Grip!
18Under Pressure
19Bubbles in Your Bread
20Learning to Use Go! Motion
21e-Motion
22Batty About Science
23Spring into Action!
24Air Ball!
25Driving with Energy
26Weigh Station - All Trucks Stop!
27Learning to Use the Force Sensor
28Lift the Load
29What a Drag!
30Oh! My Aching Back! How Ramps Make Lifting Easier
31Learning to Use the Light Probe
32Distance From the Sun
33Summer and Winter
34Sunshine on My Shoulders
35Reflectivity of Light
36Learning to Use the Magnetic Field Sensor
37Exploring the Poles
38Making Magnets
39Electromagnets
40Learning to Use the Voltage Probe
41Are All Batteries the Same?
42Stacked Batteries
43All Worn Out!
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Experiment 8 from Elementary Science with Vernier Lab Book

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