Melting Moments

Thermodynamics: the science concerned with the relations between heat and mechanical energy or work, and the conversion of one into the other. Macquarie Dictionary

Year 11 Physics students conducted a series of experiments to discover the specific heat capacity of certain materials as part of their studies on Thermodynamics,

Working in small groups the students devised a suitable inquiry question, a hypothesis and risk assessment. They then tested materials like aluminium, brass and lead using heating equipment, water, thermometers and a calorimeter.

The students then moved onto determining the latent heat of fusion for ice by melting an ice cube and carefully measuring the temperature change of a known amount of water. 

These fascinating experiments are designed to help students understand heat transfer in different materials and how this can be applied in the world we live.

Celebrating National Science Week, Saturday 15 August 2020 – Sunday 23 August 2020