Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2003 17:40:46 -0400

Author: "Fred Stein"

Subject: Re: Latent Heat


Another way to demonstrate latent heat to students as young as middle school is to heat a beaker of water that contains a large test tube of pure parafin wax until the wax melts completely. Each beaker and tube will contain a thermometer. Have students record the temperature of water and wax on a temp vs. time graph. Both curves will be quite close until the wax plot goes horizontal for awhile and then rejoins the water cooling curve. Ask. "What happened?"
Fred Stein

Dr. Fredrick M. Stein
Director of Education and Outreach
American Physical Society
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>>> 09/12/03 15:37 PM >>>


The only one I have on my shelf at the moment is Latent Heat of
Crystallization. Sodium Acetate handwarmer that goes from liquid to solid
with heat produced.


On Fri, 12 Sep 2003, Gerald Zani wrote:

> Tappers,
> How do people demonstrate latent heat?
> Thanks,
> Jerry
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From mlowry@D115.ORG Sun Sep 14 17:13:13 2003