Efficiency of a Water Heating System

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Tired of waiting for hot water? Groups of three determine the efficiency of an electric water-heating device. They calculate the amount of energy it takes to heat the water and the theoretical amount of energy required to heat the water. The class then compares the efficiency of each device and determines which method is the most efficient.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use different electrical methods to heat the water to have a variety of efficiencies
  • With a variety of heating methods, predict which would be more energy efficient
Classroom Considerations
  • Be sure that your class practices safety in handling hot containers
  • It is best to have a water meter for each group
Pros
  • The hands-on activity is based upon Energy Efficiency lesson
  • Brings a theoretical concept to reality for the class through the calculations,
Cons
  • None
Common Core
NGSS