Virtual Lab: Measuring the Heat Capacity of an Engine Coolant

Combine automotive science with chemistry! Young scholars investigate an alternative to the traditional engine coolant. They mix the chemicals virtually and collect data to determine the specific heat capacity. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use for pupils that miss the lab investigation
Classroom Considerations

  • Prior to the activity, teach the basics of heat capacity
  • Requires the independent use of laptops with Internet access
Pros

  • Includes a follow-up lab investigation 
  • Provides a realistic alternative to a class laboratory
Cons

  • None