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Temperature Experiment - Heat Conductors

 
Heat Conduction
Materials you will need:

Hot water from a Kettle
• Wooden Spoon
• Plastic Spoon
• Metal Spoon
• Ceramic Spoon
Coffee Mug
Thermometer (optional)
kettle and cup with spoons
 

Try this easy experiment using all the items needed found in your kitchen. 

Solid materials make the best heat conductors.

Steps

1. Boil some water in a kettle (with adult supervision)

2. Pour the hot water into the coffee mug

3. Place all the spoons in the mug at the same time

4. Place the thermometer in the mug as well.

5. Grip each of the spoons one at a time to feel the difference in the temperature of each one.

6. Record you finding. 

- How did you make this a fair test?

To make it a fair test all the spoons were put in the hot water at the same time.  Another thing to make it a fair test is to try and use the same sized spoons.

- Can you decide which spoons are good conductors and which ones are good insulators?

Conductor is something that lets energy flow through it.

Conduction is when heat energy travels through a solid.

When  a solid material is heated the particles in it gain energy and vibrate more.

The energy is passed on by the particles bumping into each other.

Particles are very close together in solid materials and therefore solids make good conductors.

Liquids are not good conductors and gases hardly conduct at all. 

                               

                               

 
 
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