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Ice Calorimetry Lab

Keywords: Energy and Entropy, Integrated Laboratory, Ice, Heat Capacity, Entropy, Latent Heat, Phase Transitions, Small Group Activity


Highlights of the activity

  1. This integrated laboratory activity is designed to help students understand heat, heat capacity and entropy.
  2. Students use a water proof resistor to heat ice water while measuring the temperature.
  3. In the lab write-up, students analyze their data to find heat capacity, latent heat, and changes in entropy.

Reasons to spend class time on the activity

This lab gives students a chance to take data on the first day of class (or later, but I prefer to do it the first day of class). It provides an immediate context for thermodynamics, and also gives them a chance to experimentally measure a change in entropy… although I do the class before teaching them anything about entropy except how to find it by integrating dQ/T.


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Authors: David Roundy
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