Activity 2.2

Staying Warm in Frigid Waters

Materials (for each group of 3/4 students):

Procedure :
Part A

  1. Fill a foam cup with body temperature water (approximately 40 C).
  2. Pour water through a funnel attached to an end of a 1/2 in. plastic tube and catch it in a foam cup at the other end. [See Figure 1]

    illustration of procedure
    Figure 1

  3. Take the temperature of the water you caught.
    Water Temp:
  4. Repeat the process but start with cold tap water (approximately 10 C).
    Water Temp:

Make a data table showing results from every team in the room. Graph your results.

Class Data

  single tube
cold
single tube
warm
same direction
warm inside;
cold outside
same direction
warm inside;
cold outside
counter flow
warm inside
cold outside
 your data          
 Team 2          
 Team 3          
 Team 4          
 Team 5          
 Team 6          




Part B
In the human body we have both arteries and veins. They often are found alongside each other. Both carry flowing liquid at the same time---arteries move blood away from the heart, veins return blood flow to the heart. In order to model tubes in close contact without air we will nest one tube inside the other tube.

 

  1. Insert the copper feeder tube into the larger 1/2 in. plastic tube opening. Attach funnels to the upper ends of both the inside and outside tubes. [See Figure 2]

    illustration of procedure
    Figure 2

  2. Pour approximately 40 C water into the outer tube and 10 C water into the inner tube at the same time. Take the temperature of the water on exit from each tube.
    Water Temp:
  3. Repeat the process with the warm water in the inner tube and the cooler water in the outer tube.
    Water Temp:

Make a data table showing results from every team in the room. Did the two temperatures of water both end up at the same temperature?

  1. Repeat the procedure with the funnel at one end of the copper tube and the opposite end of the outside plastic tube. To do this you may have to make short extension tubes so each funnel can be held above the tube to create a flow. [See Figure 3]

    illustration of procedure
    Figure 3

  2. Collect and record data flowing warm on the inside and cool on the outside.
    Water Temp:
  3. Collect and record data flowing cool on the outside and warm on the inside.
    Water Temp:

 

Student Worksheet #2.2