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This Exploratorium activity uses dipping birds to provide an introduction to heat engines which convert heat energy to mechanical work.  The site contains an explanation of the physics involved and also an extension activity that powers the bird with a light source. You can read about how a phyicist measured the power output of the dipping bird.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
- First Law
- Models
= Ideal Gas
- Phase Transitions
Motion, Forces, and Energy
- Applications of Newton's Laws
- Work and Energy
- High School
- Middle School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
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Keywords: energy, fluids, pressure, temperature, vapor, work
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