A World of Thermal Energy

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Today when we were at the Denver Post Sheila Ferguson and Brian Jones came to talk to us about thermal energy.

 

Today when we were at the Denver Post Sheila Ferguson and Brian Jones came to talk to us about thermal energy.

When they teach they said they like to make it real for people. One of the things Jones would say is that “ we are the brightest things in the room”

One of the first things we did was we used a thermal camera and went around the room and saw the temperature of the objects and the whiter they were the warmer they were and the darker the were the colder they were.

They told us that thermal energy is the most important energy in the world. Jones told us that there was a man named Tindyll who found thermal energy in 1867.

Since today was cloudy they told us that most of our heat will come from the clouds more that it will from the sun today.

Ferguson and Jones were the starters of Little Shops of Physics.

The next thing we did was we had a square piece of glass that was place and it had three other pieces of glass on top of it that were regular colored they were all under a light and we had to use a temperature reader and we had to read each piece of glass and see which piece of glass got the hottest and we found out it was the black piece of glass got the hottest.

Ferguson told us that moths body heat is the same temperature as its surroundings. She also told us that rattlesnakes can sense thermal energy.

Before we left they gave us a little round pack that had liquid in it and we had to snap a metal button and once we did all of it turned into a solid inside the pack.

Once we got a chance to talk to them we asked them what their favorite part of their job was and Ferguson told us she loves learning new things everyday and she likes that everyday is different. Jones said that he loves teaching.

For more information visit their website at
littleshop.physics.colostate.edu