Lesson: Creative Caloriemetry

Author: Brooke E. Jenkins

Area: Physical Sciences

Grade Level: 6


Calorimetry is the study of heat energy. Calories are the units of energy we use to talk about energy in food. It is scientifically defined as the energy necessary to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius. Because of this definition and a simple mathematical equation it is rather simple to figure out how many calories are in a item of food. In this lesson the concepts behind the theory and the experiment are discovered, then the students are allowed to come up with some sort of apparatus to figure out the number of calories in a potato chip. Students then come up with their own question that can be answered using their calorimeter. They answer their question and present their findings to the rest of the class.



Arizona State Standards

  • 1SC-E1. Identify a question, formulate a hypothesis, control and manipulate variables, devise experiments, predict outcomes, compare and analyze and defend conclusions.
  • PO 1. Design an experiment using a scientific method.
  • PO 2. Conduct an experiment using a scientific method.
  • PO 3. Analyze the results of an experiment.
  • PO 4. Defend conclusions drawn from the analysis.
  • 5SC-E3. Show that energy exists in many forms and can be transferred in many ways.
  • PO 2. Describe how energy is a property of a substance.
  • PO 3. Explain ways in which energy can be transferred.

			Keywords: Calorimetry, Calories, Heat,Heat Energy, Temperature, Celsius
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