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Really hot science projects with temperature : how hot is it? how cold is it?
Gardner, Robert, 1929-
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Publication Information:
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, [2003]

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48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Heat and temperature -- How can you make a thermometer's liquid rise or fall? -- Go on a temperature hunt -- Moving liquids by temperature difference -- What is your temperature? -- Temperature and evaporation -- Temperatures all day long! -- Temperatures above and below ground -- Sun, color, and temperature -- Sun and seasonal temperatures -- Earth, sun, and temperature -- Diffusion and temperature -- Temperature and chemistry -- Temperature and speed of a chemical reaction -- How cold can you make water? -- The temperature of melting ice or snow -- Make your own thermometer -- Dew point -- Temperature and the greenhouse effect.
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QC271.4 .G368 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QC271.4 .G368 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QC271.4 .G368 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QC271.4 .G368 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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What is the warmest place in the house? Why should you wear light-colored clothing if you want to stay cool? Why is it cold in the winter and hot in the summer? This book lets readers perform lots of fun experiments while learning all about temperature. Using simple materials, they can do everything a scientist does: conduct experiments, keep records, and draw conclusions from what they have learned. Readers will also get many ideas for follow-up experiments in case they decide to enter a science fair. The colorful illustrations make the book fun and easy to read.

Author Notes

Robert Gardner is an award-winning author of science books for young people. A retired high school teacher of physics, chemistry, and physical science, he enjoys writing, biking, and doing volunteer work.

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Booklist Review

Reviewed with Robert Gardner's Super-Sized Science Projects with Volume. Gr. 2-5. Books in the Sensational Science Experiments series are devoted to relatively simple projects. The page design seems busy, but the books are considerably brighter and more attractive than most books of experiments. Each presentation comprises a list of equipment, one or more illustrations (pictures, charts, graphs), and step-by-step directions. The books' introductions provide useful information on topics such as the history and types of thermometers, advice for entering science fairs, and safety tips. Really Hot includes such experiments as observing diffusion in hot and cold water and measuring the dew point. Super-Sized explores topics ranging from determining the volume of a quart and a liter to the amount of air in a container of sand. Gardner's clear, informal explanations are echoed in LaBaff's colorful illustrations. Students, teachers, and home-schooling parents will find these books to be good sources for both ideas and explanations. Each book closes with a glossary and lists of recommended books and Web sites. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-There are some good ideas to be gained from perusing these titles, but readers should be forewarned to take the word "sensational" in stride. Both books begin with a brief explanation of the topic and safety precautions. Some of the activities suggest adult assistance but the majority of them can be done by students alone. Needed items can be found around the house or are easily obtained. Cartoon illustrations demonstrate details or key procedures. The books start with simple concepts and advance to more difficult ones. Explanations of the results are not given forthright but come in subsequent activities. Some "experiments" are labeled as being excellent for science fairs but generally entail the collecting of data and comparing results. Most students will not spend the time or effort needed to conduct these activities correctly without guidance. Glen Vecchione's 100 First-Prize Make-It-Yourself Science Fair Projects (Sterling, 1999) is a better choice for serious science-fair fare.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 4
Thermometer Liquid Rises and Fallsp. 8
Go on a Temperature Huntp. 10
Moving Liquids by Temperature Differencep. 12
What Is Your Temperature?p. 14
Temperature and Evaporationp. 16
Temperatures All Day Long!p. 18
Temperatures Above and Below Groundp. 20
Sun, Color, and Temperaturep. 22
Sun and Seasonal Temperaturesp. 24
Earth, Sun, and Temperaturep. 26
Diffusion and Temperaturep. 28
Temperature and Chemistryp. 30
Temperature and Speed of a Chemical Reactionp. 32
How Cold Can You Make Water Ice?p. 34
Temperature of Melting Ice or Snowp. 36
Make Your Own Thermometerp. 38
Measuring Dew Pointp. 40
Temperature and the Greenhouse Effectp. 42
Words to Knowp. 44
Further Readingp. 46
Internet Addressesp. 47
Indexp. 48