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This computer-based lesson uses the Molecular Workbench (MW) software to make heat visible and to provide a playground where students can interact with heat and temperature, pose questions, run experiments, and see what happens.
Students will be able to:
Students learn that kinetic energy is associated with speed and that it can be transferred through collisions. From there, it's a short step to see that atoms will share some of their kinetic energy with any other atoms they contact and that the average kinetic energy is temperature.
Additional Related Concepts
Understanding atomic interactions is essential for understanding heat flow, so experimentation with MW gives students a unique way to figure out what's happening on their own.