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Newton's Law of Cooling Model
written by Wolfgang Christian
This interactive simulation is designed to help students visualize heat transfer and build a foundation to understand specific heat and thermal properties of matter. As an object of uniform temperature is heated by a flame and cooled by the surrounding medium, the model computes the temperature as a function of time. Students can choose from three materials: copper, aluminum, or iron. They can also select values for mass and volume of the object. This lumped system approximation is valid if the rate of thermal energy transfer within the object is faster than the rate of thermal energy transfer at the surface.
Editor's Note: See Annotations for content support on the topics of heat, temperature, and specific heat capacity.
This simulation was developed to supplement an article by William Dittrich, "Measuring the specific heat of metals by cooling", which has been accepted for publication in The Physics Teacher (TPT).
This item was created with Easy Java Simulations (EJS), a modeling tool that allows users without formal programming experience to generate computer models and simulations. To run the simulation, simply click the Java Archive file below. To modify or customize the model, See Related Materials for detailed instructions on installing and running the EJS Modeling and Authoring Tool.
Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java.
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A customizable heating and cooling simulation that allows teachers to set the display parameters. The customized simulation is automatically saved with… more...
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Last Modified: June 9, 2012
A pdf file that provides additional documentation regarding customization of this simulation.
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Published: July 12, 2012
A middle school science lesson plan that uses to Newton's Law of Cooling model to explain why we must continually heat our houses in winter and cool them in… more...
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Rights: Copyright by Barbara Christian. Free for non-commercial use with attribution.
Published: October 10, 2010
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The source code zip archive contains an XML representation of the Newton's Law of Cooling model. Unzip this archive in your EJS workspace to compile and run… more...
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Last Modified: June 24, 2010
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)
4. The Physical Setting
4D. The Structure of Matter
4E. Energy Transformations
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (1993 Version)
4. THE PHYSICAL SETTING
E. Energy Transformations
NSES Content Standards
Con.B: Physical Science
the Book of Phyz: Introduction to Heat (Editor: Caroline Hall)
The Physics Front editors recommend this educator's guide that offers content support in fundamentals of heat and thermal properties. Both teachers and learners will appreciate the straightforward examples, simple writing style, and historical perspectives offered by the author.
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