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  1. #1 Thermal Equilibrium - HELP! 
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    Help please.....I have to conduct a thermal equilibrium experiment and am really struggling! I have to try to establish a connection between two energy related variables. :?

    Does anyone have any ideas for a simple experiment I could conduct? All of the experiments I have found in textbooks are really quite complicated and require a lab - I will be doing it at home and hope to use objects that I would already have around the house.

    I would really appreciate any idea's that anyone has to offer......


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    explain further. exacly what variable are you after? the joules per kelvin?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasha
    Help please.....I have to conduct a thermal equilibrium experiment and am really struggling! I have to try to establish a connection between two energy related variables. :?

    Does anyone have any ideas for a simple experiment I could conduct? All of the experiments I have found in textbooks are really quite complicated and require a lab - I will be doing it at home and hope to use objects that I would already have around the house.

    I would really appreciate any idea's that anyone has to offer......
    Since it's a thermal experiment you are trying to achieve, you will need a thermometer. How about filling several different sized containers with boiling water then plotting graphs of Temp(y) against time(x) and see if you can find a relationship?, You'll need to also note the ambient temperature which you can use as the second variable by placing the cooling samples say in the fridge, freezer, outdoor, near a hat water tank.
    After you have collected all the data try to evolve a formula to predict the cooling time of a differrent size sample. Then when you have done this look up thermodynamics and see how your experiments compare.
    You can translate the temperature and volume into Joules per CC relative to ambient.
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