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Temperature Probe Response Time

Figure from experiment 1 from Physical Science with Vernier


Sometimes, when you are sick, your parents have you keep an oral thermometer under your tongue for 3 minutes because it takes about that long for the thermometer to register your body’s temperature. The time needed by the thermometer to reach your body temperature is the response time of the thermometer. In this experiment, you will study the response time of a Temperature Probe in still water.

A graph will be produced as data are collected. You will improve your graph interpreting skills as you investigate the graph.


In this experiment, you will

  • Make measurements.
  • Analyze a graph of the data.
  • Use this graph to make conclusions about the experiment.
  • Determine the response time of a Temperature Probe.

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?

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Experiment 1 from Physical Science with Vernier Lab Book

<i>Physical Science with Vernier</i> book cover

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