Investigating Heat

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The sun, furnaces, and ovens all make heat. But have you ever watched matter expand when it is heated? Or seen how different kinds of matter conduct heat? Now you can! Explore heat with the fun experiments you'll find in this book. As part of the Searchlight Books™ collection, this series sheds light on a key science question—How Does Energy Work? Hands-on experiments, interesting photos, and useful diagrams will help you find the answer!

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Overview

The sun, furnaces, and ovens all make heat. But have you ever watched matter expand when it is heated? Or seen how different kinds of matter conduct heat? Now you can! Explore heat with the fun experiments you'll find in this book. As part of the Searchlight Books™ collection, this series sheds light on a key science question—How Does Energy Work? Hands-on experiments, interesting photos, and useful diagrams will help you find the answer!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761357735
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Series: How Does Energy Work? Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,515,752
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally M. Walker has been a children's book writer for over 20 years. Most of her books are nonfiction and present various science topics to young readers. Fossil Fish Found Alive is the story of the hunt for the elusive fish called the coelacanth. Sally also enjoys combining science investigation with historical topics. Her book Secrets of a Civil War Submarine, which won the 2006 Robert F. Sibert Medal, tells about the history, loss, and re-discovery of the first submarine to sink an enemy ship in battle. Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland takes readers on archaeological expeditions, where the forensic analysis of colonial settlers' bones helps us to understand their lives. Sally especially enjoys writing narrative nonfiction that captures the reader's attention with a true story.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What is Heat? 4

Chapter 2 What Makes Heat? 9

Chapter 3 Changing from Hot to Cold 17

Chapter 4 Heat Makes Matter Get Bigger 20

Chapter 5 How Heat Moves 27

Chapter 6 Heat Changes Matter 32

Glossary 38

Learn More about Heat 30

Index 40

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2011

    This is an fascinating book that makes learning about heat, a form of energy, fun and interesting ...

    Heat is an important factor in helping both plants and animals remain alive and healthy. If they receive too little heat, or too much, they will simply die. Heat, "a form of energy," can be measured by an assortment of thermometers. If you look around your house you many find many different kinds. For example, you may find one hanging in a shelf in your refrigerator, one that you use when you make candy, or one that measures your own temperature if you are ill. When you measure heat "the amount of heat an object has is called its temperature." Water will turn to ice when it hits what is called the freezing point and will turn into gas at the boiling point.

    Temperatures are measured in two types of scales, the Fahrenheit and Celsius, the ones that most people use. There are many things that make heat. If you glance around your home you will see things like furnaces, toasters, and stoves. All of these items create heat that you can easily feel from a safe distance, but one question you may have is where this heat is generated from. It is made up from matter, which is "made up of very tiny particles called atoms." There are more than one hundred different atoms or elements that can be found on Earth. If they are joined together they "form groups called molecules." For example if you join two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom you create a molecule of water.

    In this book you will find some interesting heat experiments, you'll learn how eat moves, what happens when matter is heated, what happens to solid matter when it gets heated, how matter conducts heat (how it moves), you'll learn which conductors are better heat conductors, you'll learn which forms matter comes in, and you'll learn many other interesting facts about heat. Examples of the experiments you'll be able to explore include proving how hot molecules travel faster than cold ones, how gas expands when it is heated, and how different materials absorb or conduct heat better than others.

    This is an fascinating book that makes learning about heat, a form of energy, fun and interesting. A book of this nature can be dull, but the explanations and experiments give it the interest factor that a young student needs. Hands-on experiments are always useful in generating interest and these fun, inexpensive ones will be a draw. Each one can be conducted individually or in small groups in the homeschool or classroom setting. The beginning physics concepts in this book may spark an interest in further reading materials or a school report. The book is generously illustrated with photographs that are especially helpful when an experiment is discussed. There are numerous captions that add small bits of information pertinent to the topic at hand. In the back of the book is an index, a glossary, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore.


    This book courtesy of the publisher.

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