Chapter 9: Heat

Temperature

The Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter (LRO) uses its Diviner Lunar Radiometer to measure — among other things — temperature changes on the moon during lunar eclipses. This website provides in depth information about the Diviner including videos and links to other LRO instruments.

 

http://diviner.ucla.edu/

http://diviner.ucla.edu/

(Objective: Relate temperature to the kinetic energy of atoms and molecules.)

Make your own thermometer using items from around the house.

 

http://www.physicscentral.com/experiment/physicsathome/bottle.cfm

 

http://www.physicscentral.com/experiment/physicsathome/bottle.cfm

(Objective: Identify the various temperature scales, and convert from one scale to another.)

Follow the links on this page to learn more about temperature, heat, and thermometers. This site also provides historical information about the scientists who worked to increase our understanding of these concepts.

 

 

http://physics.ie/leaving-cert-physics/heat/temperature/

(Objective: Relate temperature to the kinetic energy of atoms and molecules.)

Thermal Conduction

Have you ever wondered why most firewalkers don’t get badly burned? This article explains the science behind the smoldering coals.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/09/0901_050901_firewalking.html

(Objective: Describe the changes in the temperatures of two objects reaching thermal equilibrium.)

Phase Changes

Why is Earth the only place where you can make a snowball? This video shows how pressure and temperature are involved in the process.

 

http://archive.org/details/LaunchpadPhaseDiagramsAndWhyYouCannotMakeASnowballOnMars

(Objective: Interpret the various sections of a heating curve.)

This simulation allows you to induce phase changes in different types of atoms and molecules using temperature and pressure.

 

http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/states-of-matter-basics

(Objective: Interpret the various sections of a heating curve.)