Simulate heat transfer between water and sand!
Individual or group activity
Duration: 45 min to 1.5 hours
Type of activity: experiment
Materials required: two jars or buckets, sand or soil, water, two thermometers
Follow this step-by-step experiment which simulates the scientific approach through observations and measurements.
The difference in temperature between the water and the atmosphere leads to heat transfer. This experiment shows how heat spreads and is absorbed and released by water and earth (represented by sand in this experiment).
The experimental protocol is available for download and contains questions related to heat transfer in the Earth system.