Heating and thermal equilibrium
Students often think that some materials (metals, water) are intrinsically cold, while others (plastic, wood) are intrinsically warm. These resources help students to develop a deeper understanding of heat transfers and link to the following areas of the curriculum;
• heating and thermal equilibrium: temperature difference between two objects leading to energy transfer from the hotter to the cooler one, through contact (conduction) or radiation; such transfers tending to reduce the temperature difference: use of insulators.
The list provides a range of activities, lesson ideas, film clips, careers resources, background information, practical tips and suggested teaching strategies.
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