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Item #: PF2008 

Price: $60.00

In this lab experience, students use microscale calorimeters to evaluate the heat flow of metals and discover that metals conduct thermal energy much more easily than nonmetals and nonmetals make good insulators because they do not conduct thermal energy well. As students investigate the thermal energy transfer of metals, they will find that while all metals can transfer heat, not all of them can do it efficiently. They will also discover that the efficiency of heat transfer relies, in part, on the starting temperature of each calorimeter. To accurately measure how well each metal strip transfers heat, there must be a large difference between the starting temperatures. Students will also realize that the most efficient metal is not necessarily the best choice in the real world. They must consider the cost of each metal and how well it can withstand certain environmental factors.

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Safety: Before conducting the lab, review with the class the safety precautions on the student page. Then discuss any safety precautions that are specific to your science laboratory or classroom.

Materials Included in Kit

Non-Consumable:
Aluminum strips, 6 in., package of 10
Copper strips, 6 in., package of 5
Iron strips, 6 in., package of 5
Zinc strips, 5 in., package of 10
Microscale calorimeters, 20
Cardboard, 11 cm x 14 cm, 5
Scissors, heavy-duty


Additional Materials Required
Beakers, Borosilicate Glass, 250-mL, 20
Cylinder, Borosilicate Glass, 25 mL, 10
DLAB Classic Magnetic Stirrer/Hot Plate, 10
Flinn Digital Thermometer, 20