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The Greenhouse Effect

Figure from experiment 3 from Middle School Science with Vernier

Introduction

Greenhouses allow gardeners to grow plants in cold weather. This is because a greenhouse stays warmer than the outside air. You can feel this effect in a car parked in the sun. On a larger scale, the greenhouse effect helps keep our planet warm. It makes Venus one of the hottest planets in our solar system. In this experiment, you will use Temperature Probes to measure temperatures in a model greenhouse and in a control as they are heated. You will then calculate the resulting temperature changes.

Objectives

In this experiment, you will

  • Measure temperatures as a model greenhouse and a control are heated.
  • Determine the temperature changes for the two containers.
  • Use the results to make conclusions about the greenhouse effect.

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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Middle School Science with Vernier

See other experiments from the lab book.

1A Hot Hand
2Heating of Land and Water
3The Greenhouse Effect
4Relative Humidity
5Soil Study
6Absorption of Radiant Energy
7Reflectivity of Light
8Schoolyard Study
9A Good Sock
10What Causes the Seasons?
11Solar Homes
12Ocean Floor Mapping
13Boiling Temperature of Water
14Freezing and Melting of Water
15How Low Can You Go?
15BZiplock Ice Cream
16A Good Cold Pack
17Lemon "Juice"
18Get a Grip!
19Fun with Pressure
20Water Hardness Study
21Diffusion: How Fast?
22A Water Field Study
23Cooling Rates: Shaq vs. Susie
24Yeast Beasts in Action
25Heart Rate and Body Position
26Heart Rate and Exercise
27Mapping a Magnetic Field
28Electromagnets
29Frictional Forces
30First-Class Levers
31Pulleys
32Buoyancy
33Graphing Your Motion
34Speeding Up
35The Indy 100
35BPencil Car
36Crash Dummies
37Falling Objects
38A Speedy Slide

Experiment 3 from Middle School Science with Vernier Lab Book

<em>Middle School Science with Vernier</em> book cover

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