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Solar Homes

Figure from experiment 11 from Middle School Science with Vernier

Introduction

Alternative energy sources are energy sources other than the nonrenewable fossil fuels—coal, petroleum, and natural gas. Solar energy, or energy from the sun, is one energy source alternative. A passive solar heating system uses no pumps, fans, or mechanical devices. Insulation and heat storage are important factors in such a system. A thermal mass is a material that absorbs and stores heat. Thermal masses can keep a home from heating or cooling too fast. In this experiment, you will examine the effectiveness of a thermal mass. You will then use what you learn to design and build a model solar home.

Objectives

In this experiment, you will

  • Measure temperature.
  • Find the relationship between thermal mass and the ability of a solar home to retain heat.
  • Design, build, and test a model solar home.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Standards Correlations

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Middle School Science with Vernier

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1A Hot Hand
2Heating of Land and Water
3The Greenhouse Effect
4Relative Humidity
5Soil Study
6Absorption of Radiant Energy
7Reflectivity of Light
8Schoolyard Study
9A Good Sock
10What Causes the Seasons?
11Solar Homes
12Ocean Floor Mapping
13Boiling Temperature of Water
14Freezing and Melting of Water
15How Low Can You Go?
15BZiplock Ice Cream
16A Good Cold Pack
17Lemon "Juice"
18Get a Grip!
19Fun with Pressure
20Water Hardness Study
21Diffusion: How Fast?
22A Water Field Study
23Cooling Rates: Shaq vs. Susie
24Yeast Beasts in Action
25Heart Rate and Body Position
26Heart Rate and Exercise
27Mapping a Magnetic Field
28Electromagnets
29Frictional Forces
30First-Class Levers
31Pulleys
32Buoyancy
33Graphing Your Motion
34Speeding Up
35The Indy 100
35BPencil Car
36Crash Dummies
37Falling Objects
38A Speedy Slide

Experiment 11 from Middle School Science with Vernier Lab Book

<em>Middle School Science with Vernier</em> book cover

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