Misconceptions About Heat

How do you dispel misconceptions about heat? Bake a cake! Using an infrared thermometer, the narrator discloses heat's true nature to unsuspecting beach-goers, as well as to his mother. Our sense of touch misleads us into measuring heat by feeling rather than reasoning.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Recreate the demonstration for the class using non-edibles 
  • Use the video to start a discussion about thermal conductivity
Classroom Considerations
  • Ask a few questions about metals and nonmetals before watching the video to determine the class' level of understanding
  • Content is easy to relate to for learners of all levels
  • The narrator provides evidence to further back up his explanation of why we feel cold or hot when we touch objects
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