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503635-LLP-1-2009-1-DE-COMENIUS-CMP
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
Dangerous cold Dangerous cold
How does heat energy move around?
How can we model the flow of energy and changes in temperature?
What can be done to prevent hypothermia?
 Age of students 
11-14
Why do we need to try so hard to stay at the right temperature? In order to survive and be comfortable in hot or cold environments, humans (and all animals) need to control the amount of heat energy they gain or lose. To understand this process more fully, it is important to understand the concepts and interrelationship of heat, temperature and thermal equilibrium.
This unit uses the idea of ‘flow’ into and out of a system, making an analogy with the movement of water, to help explain what thermal equilibrium means. In a series of maths and science lessons, pupils use applets and simple experiments to build their knowledge and understanding of these key concepts. These ideas are then applied to the prevention of hypothermia in a case study.

Mathematics
Science
Graphical representation
Rate of change
Equilibrium
Modelling
Flow
Rate of flow
Temperature
Energy
Thermal equilibrium
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Dangerous cold
Worksheets
Applet
Applet 2
 
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