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An Insulated Cola Bottle

Figure from experiment 12 from Physical Science with Vernier

Introduction

Insulation slows the flow of heat. Glass, plastics such as Styrofoam, wool, fiber glass, aluminum foil, air, and a vacuum are some of the many “materials” used for heat insulation. Homes and insulated devices, such as vacuum bottles and coolers, often use a combination of insulating materials. In this experiment, you will first study the heat insulation properties of some materials. Then you will compete with your classmates in an attempt to build the best insulated cola bottle.

Objectives

In this experiment, you will

  • Investigate the insulating properties of aluminum foil, paper (cardboard), and plastic (Styrofoam).
  • Use a computer to measure temperatures.
  • Determine change in temperature, Δt.
  • Make a bar graph of the Δt values.
  • Compare the effectiveness of different insulation materials.
  • Build a well-insulated cola bottle.

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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4Evaporation of Alcohols
5Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions
6Neutralization Reactions
7Mixing Warm and Cold Water
8Heat of Fusion
9Energy Content of Fuels
10Energy Content of Foods
11Absorption of Radiant Energy
12An Insulated Cola Bottle
13A Good Sock
14Insolation Angle
15Solar Homes and Heat Sinks
16Conducting Solutions
17Conductivity of Saltwater: The Effect of Concentration
18Acid Strengths
19Frictional Forces
20First-Class Levers
21Pulleys
22An Inclined Plane
23Reflectivity of Light
24Polarizing Light
25How Bright is the Light?
26Electromagnets: Winding Things Up
27Magnetic Field Explorations
28Household Acids and Bases
29Acid Rain
30Gas Pressure and Volume
31Gas Temperature and Pressure
32Fun with Pressure
33Lemon "Juice"
34Simple Circuits
35Graphing Your Motion
36Speeding Up
37It's Race Day
38Crash Lesson
39Newton's Second Law
40Falling Objects

Experiment 12 from Physical Science with Vernier Lab Book

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