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Thermometer projects – Temperature science

By |2018-05-31T11:49:18-07:00August 20th, 2017|Physics|

See how the degrees match up. To prove to yourself what temperature water freezes and boils at, fill a pan with ice from the freezer. Stick a thermometer in it (not a fever thermometer! Use an outside thermometer for the freezing part and a candy thermometer that goes up as high as boiling water for the boiling part) [...]

Emilie du Chatelet – European philosophy

By |2018-04-08T11:14:27-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|

Emilie du Chatelet, a French philosopher in the 1700s Emilie du Chatelet's rich father, who was interested in literature and science, hired tutors to homeschool her, instead of sending her to a convent school. She learned Latin, German, Greek, and Italian, as well as math and science. When du Chatelet was 18, she married [...]

du Chatelet light project – European science

By |2018-04-08T11:14:26-07:00August 6th, 2017|Modern Europe, Science|

Any desk lamp will do You can get colored lights and thermometers and do the experiment that du Chatelet never carried out. See for yourself whether red light will heat things up more than blue light! Get a regular weather thermometer, and set it up under a strong desk lamp so the light shines [...]

Temperature – Fahrenheit and Celsius

By |2017-08-20T23:33:25-07:00July 6th, 2017|Environment, Physics|

See how the degrees match up. Many hot things take up more room than the same things when they are cold. Thermometers take advantage of that to measure heat. The old-fashioned kind of thermometer you see here is a narrow glass tube with a glass ball or bulb at the bottom. Inside the glass is a little bit [...]