Newton’s Cool in the Pool

Pupils work together to investigate the cooling of NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. Using data collected as the pool cooled, groups determine the values needed in Newton's Law of Cooling equation to model the situation. They then determine the function and analyze it.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide instruction on solving exponential equations
  • Investigate Newton's Law of Cooling
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires TI-Nspire handhelds
Pros

  • The answer document is also a TI-Nspire document
  • The solutions in the answer sheet show the calculations required
Cons

  • Problem number 1.15 is missing