ISP 217L Lab 1 - How much does temperature vary in large...

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How much does temperature vary in large and small aquatic environments? Introduction When discussing water, it is important to think of several of its properties. The one most relevant to the discussion on temperature variation is specific heat. In order to make the temperature of water rise, it takes a relatively large amount of energy. This means that water has a high specific heat. To get a better understanding of specific heat, compare water and air. Air warms rather easily while water does not. Air has a low specific heat. Because of this, air can be very warm while the water of a lake or pond is very cold. Studying temperature variation in different sized aquatic environments is important because it explains why some bodies of water remain cold while others are relatively warm. I expect that the smaller the aquatic environment, the quicker it warms up. That is to say that the larger the body of water, the more energy it takes to warm, so it does not heat as fast as a smaller body of water. Methods To answer the question about the size of aquatic environments and the temperature variations between different sizes, it was necessary to measure the difference. In three different sized containers, one small cup, one medium
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2008 for the course ISP 217L taught by Professor Tingley during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.

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ISP 217L Lab 1 - How much does temperature vary in large...

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