Student Exploration: Calorimetry Lab
Directions: Follow the instructions to go through the simulation. Respond to the questions and
prompts in the orange boxes.
calorie, calorimeter, joule, specific heat capacity
Prior Knowledge Questions
(Do these BEFORE using the Gizmo
The Latin word
means “heat,” and
comes from the Greek word meaning “to measure.” What do
you think a
Where have you heard the word
before? What do you think a calorie is?
A calorimeter is an insulated container filled with a liquid, usually water. When
a hot object is placed in the calorimeter, heat energy is transferred from the
object to the water and the water heats up.
Calorimeters can be used to find a substance’s
specific heat capacity
will use the
Gizmo to determine the specific heat capacities
of various substances.
On the SIMULATION pane, select
. Use the slider to set its
to 200 g. Set the
200 g. Check that the
is set to 30.0 °C and the copper’s
is 90 °C. Select the GRAPH
tab, and click
What was the
of the copper and the water?
How much did the temperature of the copper change?
How much did the temperature of the water change?
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