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The Hot in the Cold

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The Hot in the Cold Lesson Plan
Students will conduct an experiment and collect data on the exchange of thermal energy. After gathering the data the students will use Microsoft Excel to input their data in a table and graph where they will record temperatures to show thermal equilibrium. Students will then explain the difference between temperature, heat, and thermal energy in a lab report that they write using Microsoft Word.

On-line Resources

  • Thermal Energy and States of Matter
    This is an award-winning science curriculum site. It provides advanced information regarding thermal energy and states of matter, changes of state, and thermal expansion.
  • ForEst
    Home page for ForEST which provides articles on all forms of energy.
  • Kidszone, U.S. Department of Energy
    This is a web site produced by the U.S. Department of Energy. It provides lesson plans, content and reference books on energy and energy resources.
  • Heat and Temperature, Middle Tennessee State University
    This site addresses some of the misconceptions kids have regarding heat and temperature and provides some simple activities that can be used to demonstrate the basic concepts of heat, temperature and thermal energy.
  • U.S. Department of Energy
    Government site with basic information about geothermal energy and technologies.
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