Driving question : How does the temperature change during the cooling of stearic acid?

In this activity, the cooling of stearic acid, changing from liquid to solid is studied. Students record the temperature of stearic acid as it cools.

Topic: States of matter,
Concepts: Change of state, Liquid state, Melting temperature, Mixture, Pure substance, Solid state,
Grade level: Middle School (11-14 years),
Activity type: Data logging,
Sensors: Temperature sensor,
Interface requirements: Single analog sensor input,

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