Driving question : How fast an object cools down and what are the factors, which affect the rate of cooling?

In this activity students record temperature during a cooling process of hot water and check the validity of Newton’s law of cooling for the collected data

Topic: Heat and temperature,
Concepts: Rate of cooling,
Grade level: High School (14-18 years),
Activity type: Data logging,
Sensors: Temperature sensor,
Interface requirements: Single analog sensor input,

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The Teacher Notes includes teacher commentaries such as didactical approach, exemplary questions, assignments and data analysis.

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The Science Background describes the scientific principles that underlie the activity.

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