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Counting Calories

Counting Calories

This article by Paul Doherty, Senior Scientist at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, describes the burning peanut experiment and provides an introduction to food energy and how it is measured. The site presents an explanation of how food energy is converted to other forms in the human body. Also included is a discussion of the first law of thermodynamics and calorimetry with applications to dieting. A link a lesson plan and information on how to perform the experiment is also included.

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