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Heat Engine

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How can heat power an engine? Scholars observe a heat engine working and control variables to determine the most efficient setup. They change the amount of heat input as well as the stroke length. Energy efficiency numbers prove the...
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Heat Engines, Refrigerators, and Cycles: Crash Course Engineering #11

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
If you want, watch the video over and over again. The 11th installment of the Crash Course Engineering series focuses on cycles and repetition. It first reviews how heat engines work and applies the idea to heat pumps. It then explains...
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Hand-Held Heat Engine

For Teachers 6th - 8th
See the direct relationship between pressure and temperature using these classic science toys. As individuals hold the glass bulb, the liquid inside reaches it's boiling temperature, which is just a bit above room temperature. As the...
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Thermodynamics

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Concise, but comprehensive, this slide show introduces young physicists to the laws of thermodynamics. First, the foundations are laid. Examples are then given to help thoroughly explain thermodynamics concepts. Pertinent equations and...
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Industrial Revolution in America: Exploring the Effects of the Heat Engine on the Growth of Cities

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students research the development of the steam engines. In this US history lesson, students analyze the impact of this invention to civilization. They discuss the events leading to the growth and development of different cities.
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The Sun: Earth's External Heat Engine - Part 1 of the Astronomy Model

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Designed by School Power...NaturallySM, this lesson familiarizes advanced earth science and physics learners about the variables that affect our supply of solar energy. They examine gas spectra and perform calculations. There is an...
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The Great, Glowing Orb What You Will Do: Make a Solar Heat Engine

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
How is solar energy able to move wind and water to control the climate? Scholars explore the concept of solar energy in the first of 10 activities in the Discover Your Changing World series. They follow instructions to build homemade...
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Hurricanes As Heat Engines

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners examine sea surface temperatures to see how hurricanes get heat from the oceans surface.  In this hurricanes instructional activity students use the Internet to find data and make line plots. 
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The Climate Team: Make a Solar Heat Engine

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Learners investigate how solar energy is converted into heat in part two of the 10-part Discover Your Changing World series. They build and test homemade solar cookers to boil water and cook rice. Pupils consider the impact of heat...
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The Sun: Earth's External Heat Engine Part 1 of the Astronomy Model

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students become familiar with the variables that control Earth's solar energy supply. They explore the source and nature of solar energy, the genesis of radiation, and the structrue of the Sun, gas spectra are observed and sample...
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Industrial Revolution in America: Exploring the Effects of the Heat Engine on the Growth of Cities

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the reasons for the growth of cities in North American. Using the internet, they research the causes and effects of the Industrial Revolution and determine if the growth of cities is a sign of progress. They...
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The Rifting of Pangaea and the Gettysburg Battlefield

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders analyze and interpret an animated model of Earth’s rifting processes.  In this Earth Science lesson, 11th graders connect Earth’s rifting processes with the Earth’s surface in the Gettysburg battlefield.  Students apply...
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Carnot Cycle and Carnot Engine

For Students 7th - 10th
The Carnot Cycle is the focus of this chemistry video. Carnot was a French engineer who proved that energy transfers happen in a cycle. They start and finish at the same pressure, volume, and temperature. A system that completes the...
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Using Heat

For Teachers 8th
The different types of heating systems are listed here with a few details about each type.  The four slides inform your students about the efficiency and efficacy of the heat engines and renewable sources of energy.  
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Science: Hurricanes As Heat Engines

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students conduct Internet research to track the path of Hurricane Rita. They record the sea surface temperature of the Gulf of Mexico during and after the hurricane and draw conclusions about how hurricanes extract heat energy from the...
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Physics 240: Entropy

For Students Higher Ed
In this entropy worksheet, students review the formulas associated with entropy and the Carnot cycle. Students calculate the answers to 5 entropy problems.
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Start Your Engines

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Have your techies read up on the details of how combustion engines work in an automobile. Create a set of accompanying response-to-reading questions and have your mechanical engineering or automotive technology class use this as a...
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Temperature and Thermal Energy

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Examine how heat can be transferred between systems by reconstructing a diagram on energy flow and solving problems on heat flow and work done.
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The Dipping Bird

For Teachers 6th - 9th
If you have or want to order the dipping bird demonstration, it is useful for showing how evaporation and changes in the pressure of a closed system cause cyclical motion. After teaching about pressure, consider setting this little guy...
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Using Heat

For Teachers 7th
The 6 slides give a few examples of ways that we use heat and heating systems.  There is a diagram of circulation in a stove and forced air system as well as other examples of heat movers. Great for an introduction.
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Power Systems & Efficiency

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
Are you looking for a reading resource about the efficiency of power systems? Here is one that introduces the output/input ratio, measurement of energy by joules or calories, and efficiency ratings. For STEM classes that are learning...
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The Laws of Thermodynamics

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students investigate the laws of thermodynamics. In this chemistry activity, students explore the background of thermodynamics and identify the first and second laws and relate it to engines and refrigerators.
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Thermoelectricity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students conduct a series of experiments on thermoelectricity. In this physics lesson, students investigate how thermocouple works. They determine the voltage generated when different conductive materials are held at different temperatures.
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The Laws of Thermodynamics

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Young scholars investigate the concept of a thermodynamic system. The difference between a state and phase is defined as part of the experimental explanations given in writing. Students conduct experiments to demonstrate laws of science...

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