Conduction: Combine Heat Capacity and Conductivity

This model shows the combined effects of heat capacity and conductivity.

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It is easy to confuse heat capacity (thermal mass) with insulating value. A wall with a high heat capacity (e.g., masonry) would slow down the passage of heat because the energy goes into heating up the material. A wall with a low conductivity (high insulating value, like foam or fiberglass) would slow down the passage of heat by resisting its flow. A material with high conductivity and low heat capacity (e.g., metal) would conduct and heat up quickly also. This model allows you to compare different combinations of heat capacity and conductivity.

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<a href="">The Concord Consortium. Conduction: Combine Heat Capacity and Conductivity . Concord: The Concord Consortium, 2015, March 18.</a>

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Conduction: Combine Heat Capacity and Conductivity (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2015, March 18), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

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Conduction: Combine Heat Capacity and Conductivity (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2015, March 18), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

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Conduction: Combine Heat Capacity and Conductivity . (2015, March 18). Retrieved 2017, March 24, from The Concord Consortium: https://concord.org/

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This activity runs entirely in a Web browser. Preferred browsers are: Google Chrome (versions 30 and above), Safari (versions 7 and above), Firefox (version 30 and above), Internet Explorer (version 10 or higher), and Microsoft's Edge.

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Engineering Energy EfficiencyThis resource is a part of the Concord Consortium's Engineering Energy Efficiency project.

Grade Level
Middle School, High School
Subject
Engineering, Physics
Focus Area
Modeling and Simulation
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