Many students think the temperature of boiling water will continue to rise if it is heated, and that the temperature of a sample of ice will fall if more ice is added

Energy and Thermal Physics

Misconception RESEARCH REVIEW

Diagnostic Resources

The following worksheets may help to identify whether students hold this particular misconception.

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Resources to Address This

  • Examination of boiling (11-16)

    Ref - Practical Physics; Change of phase; Examination of boiling

    This is a magnificent experiment, which at the outset may not appear very exciting.

    Half fill a beaker with water and then bring it gently to the boil. Watch the process carefully, observing the formation of bubbles.

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References

  • Jasien, P. G. () Roles of Terminology, Experience and Energy Concepts in Student Conceptions of Freezing and Boiling. Journal of Chemical Education, 90,

    1609-1615.

    Review sheet

  • Chu, H; Treagust, D. F.; Yeo, S. and Zadnik, M. () Evaluation of Students' Understanding of Thermal Concepts in Everyday Contexts. International Journal of Science Education, 34, (10)

    1509-1534.

    Review sheet

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