Energy transfer

This section focusses on the ways in which thermal energy is transferred by the processes of conduction, convection and radiation. The concepts of specific heat capacity and latent heat may provide more challenges but are relatively straightforward to carry out experimentally.  Below are resources that provide guidance and experiments to help you.

Applying the formula for specific heat capacity gives them the chance to practise math skills of substitution and rearrangement of the equation.

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