Heat in the Environment Mini Unit Overview

by LOUISE VAILLANCOURT.

Can understanding particle theory and heat transfer modes help you build efficient devices to improve our daily lives?

Learning goal

  • Heat is a form of energy that can be transformed and transferred. These processes can be explained using particle theory of matter. (Big Idea 1 from curriculum document) (Overall expectations 2 and 3)

Over-arching Challenge

Design (or improve on a design) and build a solar oven that will cook food and sterilize water by applying knowledge of heat transfer by convection, conduction and radiation.

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Fried Chicken’s Deliciousness, Explained

Battered and deep-fried chicken might be one of the most delicious foods ever. But what makes this summer picnic staple so tasty? It all comes down to the chemistry of frying. In the latest Reactions video, learn how the delicate dance of fat at high temperatures leads to a crispy, savory summer snack. Continue reading

Bunsen Burner and Hot Plate Safety,” from Flinn Scientific Canada

bunsen-burnerThe November issue of Science Department Safety Training Notes, “Bunsen Burner and Hot Plate Safety,” from Flinn Scientific Canada provides essential tips and guidelines to help reduce burns and accidents in school science laboratories.

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