How Much Heat Can a Phase Change Produce?

Scholars learn about heat release in phase changes. They perform calculations as they compare and contrast a science fiction passage and a home heating application.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Compare home heaters with floor versus ceiling vents
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes prior knowledge of types of reactions, dimensional analysis, the difference between heat and temperature, and enthalpy
  • Lesson is geared toward honors students
  • The final installment of a six-part series
Pros

  • Provides comments and teacher tips to help implement the lesson
  • Uses common materials and includes tips for where and when to buy them cheaply
Cons

  • None