This student activity is designed to explore the energy that can be provided by burning fuels. The heat provided from paraffin or diethylene glycol is measured using the temperature change of water. The concept of the specific heat of water is used to determine the results. Included are notes for instructors wishing to use this material.
This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.
Topic: Conservation of Energy Unit Title: Teaching About Energy
This student activity is designed to explore the energy that can be provided by burning fuels. It is part of a workshop manual on Energy, developed by the PTRA, Physics Teacher Resource Agents, and supported by the American Association of Physics Teachers.
Topic: Heat and Temperature Unit Title: Teaching about Heat and Thermal Energy
This activity explores the energy that can be provided by burning fuels. Students measure the energy transferred from the combustion of a chemical fuel such as paraffin (candle wax) or diethylene glycol (Sterno). The author has provided extensive support (illustrated diagrams, suggested discussion questions, data tables, safety guidelines).
Roeder, J. (2003). Teaching About Energy: Energy from Chemical Fuels. In Teaching about Energy. Retrieved April 18, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=3377&DocID=71
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