What's Hot and What's Not?

With the help of simple, teacher-led demonstration activities, students learn the basic physics of heat transfer by means of conduction, convection and radiation. They also learn about examples of heating and cooling devices, from stove tops to car radiators, that they encounter in their homes, schools and modes of transportation. Since in our everyday lives we often want to prevent heat transfer, students also consider ways that conduction, convection and radiation can be reduced or prevented from occurring.