Thermal Energy

Who are we?

Denton Dynamos - New York - Arusha, Allison, and Bailey
Collaborative Class - Nevada - Alex and Claudia

Our Experiments





Your assignment is to complete each sentence below. Then, perform some experiments proving your answers. Keep careful records of your results. Choose one experiment you would like the whole class to perform. Include that experiment below. Finally, answer the essential questions on the home page. Include the answers below.



Our Incomplete Sentences:

  1. Thermal Energy can be found:
  2. An example of thermal energy in its potential form is:
  3. An example of thermal energy in its kinetic form is:
  4. An example of thermal energy transforming to another form of energy is:

Our Experiment:


Our Essential Questions:


Our Energy Experiment - Denton Dynamos


Thermal Energy


Our Energy Experiment


Thermal Energy

Potential - Kinetic Energy




Transforming Energy



Question: (What question were you trying to investigate?)

- What kind of objects can be turned into thermal energy?

Question: (What question were you trying to investigate?)

- Will the mercury in a glass tube (a mercury thermometer) move faster when it is placed in a cup filled with hot water than it will when the water is warm.
Hypothesis: (What did you think was going to happen?)

-Objects made of flammable material such as wood, aluminum, paper, and plastic can burn. Nonflammable objects such as metal and rock will not burn.

Hypothesis: (What did you think was going to happen?)

- The mercury in the thermometer will move up the thermometer faster because of the greater heat in the hot water.
Method: (How did you test your question?)

-1. Light the candle and place it in the metal pot.

2. Have water nearby for safety.

3. Bring the plastic cup to the fire and light the plastic cup. Observe. Dip the cup in the water to cool.

4. Light one of the twigs on fire and repeat step 3.

5. Repeat the step 3 on every object.

5. After you dipped all the items and you have completed the experiment, you can throw the water out in the sink.

6. Well, did you find out what items have potential energy and which don’t?

Method: (How did you test your question?)

- The thermometer will be placed in the cool water cup for a few minutes. Next we will put the thermometer into the warm water cup and time how long it takes to raise the thermometer 10 degrees. Then we will repeat the process with the hot water.

1. thermometer
2. three cups
3. cool water
4. hot water
5. warm water
6. stop watch
Materials:

- rock, paper, plastic cup, cardboard, rubber bands, aluminum foil, tree branch, metal pan with a lid, lighter, clear space




Variable

- objects to be burned




Observations/Results: (What did you discover?)

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Observations/Results: (What did you discover?)

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Conclusion: (Was your hypothesis correct? Why do you think things turned out the way they did?)

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Conclusion: (Was your hypothesis correct? Why do you think things turned out the way they did?)

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Further Questions: (What other kinds of experiments could you do in the future related to this topic? What other questions would be interesting to ask?)

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Further Questions: (What other kinds of experiments could you do in the future related to this topic? What other questions would be interesting to ask?)

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