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I'm Freezing!

“Don't forget to put on a warm coat!”
“Where's my warm hat?”
“I need to buy some warm gloves.”
Are clothes really warm? Do they generate heat? Try this activity and find out for yourself.
  • Two thermometers
  • A pair of gloves
  • Your hand
  1. Put one thermometer on the table. Put the other thermometer in one of the gloves.
  2. Wait 5 minutes and record the temperature of each thermometer. Was the glove warmer than the temperature of the table?
  3. Put on the other glove. Carefully slip the table thermometer inside the glove you are wearing.
  4. Wait 5 minutes and record the temperature inside the glove you are wearing. Is it warmer than the empty glove? How did your hand being in the glove make a difference?
You probably noticed that the temperature inside the empty glove was about the same as the temperature in the room. Winter clothes don't make heat. They keep you warm by trapping the heat your body makes next to you.
Think of other heat questions you can test. Here are a few to get you started:
  • Do ice cubes give off cold?
  • Is the temperature of hot sauce warmer than ketchup?
  • Is water that has been boiling three minutes hotter than water that has just begun to boil? (Be sure to test this with an adult. Boiling water can be very dangerous.)

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Updated October 24, 2008 by: Glen Westbroek

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