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Vibrating Pennies


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Vibrating Pennies

Conduct a simple experiment to explore how temperature changes can make things expand or contract. Investigate how the heat from your hands warms air in a bottle and lifts a penny sitting on the mouth of the bottle.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
Under 5 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Some pennies
  • Bowl of cold water
  • Plastic bottle (the opening should be slightly smaller than a penny)
  • Cooking oil

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
      • Heat Transfer
    • States of Matter
      • Gases
    • Structure and Properties of Matter

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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  • All Rights Reserved, Del Monte, ©2013

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