Hold the Heat: Global Warming and Calorimetry

Joel Burley, Harold Johnston

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In this Activity, students perform quantitative calorimetric measurements on samples of ice/water heated by incandescent light bulbs and/or convection with room-temperature surroundings. They measure and graph temperature as a function of time. They observe that the temperature of the ice water samples remains constant for a time as the ice melts. This is linked with the topic of global warming.

Original languageAmerican English
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008


  • Environmental Chemistry
  • JCE Classroom Activity
  • Hands-On Learning
  • Manipulatives
  • Calorimetry
  • Thermochemistry


  • Earth Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences

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