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Lesson One Unit Plan

Rating: 4 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Jessica Haggerty (Teacher (K-12)), Jun 20, 2011

I like the examples that you give your students using specific heat.  I agree that since the math behind specific heat problems is easy that if you only focus on the math, the students completely miss the concept.  Another example I use is similiar to your "attention getter."  I talk to them about when they are cooking spagetti or macaroni and cheese after a few minutes heating a pot of water, they would burn their hand on the pot but the water may only feel luke warm.

There is one other problem I like to give the students.  I tell them about two folding chairs that I put outside in the sun.  One of them is made of iron and the other out of aluminum.  After giving them the specific heats of each of the metals, I ask them which one would be hotter to sit in.

Technical Remarks:

I didn't find any technical problems with this lesson.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 min