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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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Experiment 3 from Middle School Science with Vernier Lab Book

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

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