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Report, Discuss, and Reflect (~1.5 hrs.)

Due by Wednesday in the Discussion Forum

For your report this week, post your temperature story, from "What is Room Temperature" Part E.

  • Add your temperature vs. time graph to your post as an attachment. Your data may raise new insights or questions for your group to discuss.
  • Post your report as early as you can (by Wednesday at the latest); the earlier the reports, the more time for a rich discussions.

Due by Saturday in the Discussion Forum

NOTE: Before you begin to discuss, take a few minutes to reread Scientific Discussions in the Classroom and Online.

Let the Discussion Begin!

Whether gathering in a circle to discuss a science investigation face-to-face, or gathering in a virtual circle online, discussions are invaluable. We crystallize our ideas as we prepare to jump into the conversation, we gain insight and perspective from others, and clear up areas of confusion. Read your study group's temperature stories and begin your discussion with the question below:

Due by Friday in the Discussion Forum

Post your Thought Experiment. Please give as much detail as possible, and explain the process using both a macroscopic and a microscopic model.

NOTE: This is your own hypothesis - wait to read others' thoughts until after you post. There's no need to read or discuss the thought experiments now. At the end of the course you'll return to them to assess how your thinking has changed.

Reflect on this week's work

Look back at this week's goals, read What's the Big Idea?, and reflect on your work this week, including the discussion.

What's the Big Idea?

On a macroscopic scale we measure temperature and find that the temperature of objects around us vary with "hotter" objects having higher temperature numbers associated with them than "colder" temperature objects. What do these numbers measure? If a temperature reads "zero" what is there nothing of?  On a particle scale temperature of an object is a measure of the average kinetic energy (energy of motion) of the moving particles of which the object is composed.

Questions for Reflection

  • What do you think is the most important thing you learned from this week's activities?
  • What surprised you? Why?
  • What questions are you left with?