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Re: [Phys-l] good specific heat materials

Brian -

We use cup heaters in vegetable oil and track temp change to find specific heat. It provides a nice contrast to water.

Mike Meyer
Michigan Tech Univ
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From: "Brian Blais" <>
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Sent: Sunday, January 3, 2010 12:17:06 PM GMT -05:00 Colombia
Subject: [Phys-l] good specific heat materials


I want to cover the topic of specific heat, and latent heat, with my
students in a lab setting. Are there any good, cheap, and available
materials that anyone has used and would recommend? Water is the
obvious standard, but perhaps anti-freeze, or some other materials
would be interesting as well.


Brian Blais

Brian Blais

Forum for Physics Educators

Michael R. Meyer
Lecturer/Lab Coordinator
Mich Tech Physics Dept.