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Calorimetry Basics—Specific Heat Super Value Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP5952 

Price: $74.58

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With the Calorimetry Basics and Specific Heat Thermodynamics Laboratory Kit, raise students' interest and peak curiosity! Students compare calculated values of “unknowns” to known values and determine the identity of an unknown metal.

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Calories! Food has calories, but can a metal or other object have calories too? Introduce your students to the basics of calorimetry with this hands-on specific heat activity! Raise your students’ interest and curiosity as they see how calories can be determined—right in the laboratory. Students perform measurements on an “unknown” metal and calculate specific heat values using a calorimeter. Students compare the calculated values of their “unknowns” to known values and determine the identity of the unknown metal. Includes Teacher Notes, reproducible student handouts, unknown metals, calorimeter cups and large test tubes. This kit is a bargain since all materials are reusable.

Super Value Kit is complete for 5 classes of 30 students working in pairs. All materials are reusable!


Materials Included in Kit: 
Aluminum shot, 500 g
Copper shot, 500g
Cup, polystyrene, 8 oz, 30
Test tube, disposable, 25 x 150 mm, 15

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
MS-PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
HS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
HS-PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer

Crosscutting Concepts

Scale, proportion, and quantity
Energy and matter
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

MS-ESS3-3: Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.