How The Length Of A Wire Is Affected By The Resistance
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Introduction To investigate how the length of a wire affects resistance in an electric circuit, different lengths of wire will be placed in an electrical circuit and the effects will be observed. An ammeter and voltmeter will be used to measure the current and voltage in the circuit. Then, resistance will be worked out by dividing the voltage by current. Resistance is the measure of how hard it is for electricity to push through a circuit. All conductors resist the flow of current to some extent. Howeaver, some resist more than others. The...
Overall, the experiment went well as the data fully supported the prediction, with the exception of one outlier (the average of the 50cm wire test). The prediction was based on the theory that the longer the wire, the further the current has to travel which gives a longer amount of time that the current is travelling against the ions creating resistance (as explained in further detail previously in the Introduction). The fact that the data supported the prediction shows that the experiment was carried out well with at least an adequate amount of accuracy as it produced the results expected.

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When a car is... When a car is situated at the top of ramp, we say it has gravitational potential energy. When the car travels down the ramp, the gravitational potential energy is transferred to kinetic energy; so therefore KE= ½mv2 Kinetic Energy = ½ x mass x velocity2 At the bottom of the ramp work has to be done in order to stop the car; so therefore Work Done = Braking Force x Braking Distance Also, this must be equivalent to the original energy of the car, which was gravitational potential. So, assuming no other loss of energy: Potential Energy = Kinetic Energy = Work Done Prediction I predict that the higher the ramp, the more Gravitational Potential Energy, therefore the more Kinetic Energy and as a result the car has a bigger Braking Distance. This is because the more Kinetic Energy the car has then the further the car will travel. In this experiment I am investigating how the kinetic energy of the car affects the braking distance of the car. Therefore, I need to undertake some Preliminary work to make a series of predicted braking distances. In order to do this, the braking force needs to be calculated. As we can measure mass with a balance, Braking Distance with a ruler and velocity/speed with a light gate, but I do not know the Breaking Force, therefore preliminary work is done to get the value for this. Here is the equation for Braking Force; BF= KE ÷ BD OR BF=½MV2÷ BD Preliminary Work Now, I am going to find the braking force. To get my results, I will use a ramp height of 15cm throughout my Preliminary work and the same car which has a mass of 0.103kg. I will let the car travel down the ramp ten times, each time I will take note of the speed m/s and Braking Distance remembering to measure at the back wheels of the car every time This will then give me the appropriate measurements for the above equation to calculate the braking force. Method 1 Set the height of the ramp 15cm 2 Set the light gate up and link it to the computer 3 Weigh the Car record the mass 4 Load program 5 Roll the Car down the ramp ten times. 6 Each time record the results from the computer. This is the measurement of velocity/speed 7 As well as recording the braking distance. Here are my Results; Speed m/s Braking Distance m 1.03 1.50 1.13 1.31 1.07 1.465 1.15 1.45 1.10 1.495 1.14 1.52 0.96 1.31 1.14 1.665 1.10 1.35 1.17 1.635 Average = 1.099 Average = 1.47 Now I can calculate the braking force; BF = ½mv2÷BD So, BF = 0.5 x 0.103 x 1.0992 ÷ 1.47 BF = 0.062201751 ÷ 1.47 BF = 0.042314116 BF = 0.04 to 3.s.f. "“ this remains constant throughout my investigation. Prediction As I now know the braking force I can predict a series of braking distances, by using this equation; KE ½mv2 ÷ BF = BD Here are my predicted results; Speed m/s KE½mv2 Braking Force Predicted Breaking Distance 0.25 0.0032 0.04 0.08 0.5 0.0129 0.04 0.32 0.75 0.0290 0.04 0.73 1 0.0515 0.04 1.29 1.25 0.0805 0.04 2.01 1.5 0.1159 0.04 2.90 1.75 0.1577 0.04 3.94 2 0.206 0.04 5.15 2.25 0.2607 0.04 6.52   

When a car is situated at the top of ramp, we say it has gravitational potential energy. When the car travels down the ramp, the gravitational potential energy is transferred to kinetic energy; so therefore KE= ½mv2 Kinetic Energy = ½ x mass x velocity2 ...

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HYPOTHESIS We can recognize four... HYPOTHESIS We can recognize four types of substances due to their structure: ionic, metallic, covalent, and molecular. If a given substance has a metallic luster, is malleable and ductile, is a good conductor of heat and electricity, and has high melting and boiling points, than it is supposed to be a giant metallic structure. If a given substance has low melting and boiling points and does not conduct electricity, it surely is a molecular structure. If a given substance is soluble in water and in other polar solvents, if it conducts electricity after being melted or dissolved, and if it has high melting and boiling points, we can predict that it is a giant ionic structure. So we will have to check which of these properties does a given substance have. APARATUS spatula stirring rod open electric circuit batteries, light bulb, electric wire with two dismantled endings two metal plates the first made of copper, the second made of zinc plastic wash bottle test tubes in amount of 4 watch glasses in amount of 5 Bunsen burner test-tube rack porcelain crucible crucible tongs triangle tripod I decided to use separate watch glass for each substance to avoid possible laboratory errors resulting from contamination with the previous one. CHEMICALS substance A "“ white, granulated powder substance E "“ silver nodules, apparent metallic luster substance C "“ tiny, white crystals substance D "“ a bit larger white crystals substance B "“ black powder distilled water SAFETY RULES Be careful while burning substances in a flame! Don't put your hand into water when the electric current flows "“ you can have your skin seriously damaged! Do not touch hot crucible with bare hand, use crucible tongs! PROCEDURE I put a few grams of each substance except for substance E, which I put into a watch glass using a spatula into separate test tubes, placed in a test tube rack. I put a hint of each substance into separate watch glass. I use open electric circuit in order to investigate electric conductivity of each substance in solid state. I pour a few droplets of water into each watch glass using plastic wash bottle. Then I mix each substance with a stirring rod in order to make process of dissolving faster and more effective. I put two metal plates into each watch glass, so they are partly sunk in the water or solution, if it was formed in the manner one ending of the electric wire sticks to the first plate, and the second ending sticks to the second plate, and it is important that plates do not touch each other. Then I observe whether the light bulb is shining. I take a hint of each substance one by one, using a spatula. I put each substance into a porcelain crucible. I put crucible on a triangle placed on a tripod above the Bunsen burner. Then I turn the burner on and wait up to a minute in order to check whether the melting point is low or high. To handle the crucible I use crucible tongs. Note: I carefully clean spatula before using it again and again, I do the same with the stirring rod and porcelain crucible. DATA COLLECTION A B C D E Conductivity in solid state - + - - + Conductivity after being dissolved - - + - - Solubility in water + - + - - Melting point low high high high high CONCLUSION Substance A is soft and granulated. This substance has low melting point, what indicates that the intermolecular forces are weak. It does not conduct electricity, because molecules are not charged. So substance A has undoubtedly molecular covalent structure. However, on contrary to other substances with molecular covalent structure, it is quite soluble in water, what means that its' molecules can form hydrogen bonds to the water to compensate for the water-water hydrogen bonds broken. Example of such molecules are sugar molecules, so this substance is probably sucrose. In the case of the substance E there is an apparent metallic luster, so it has the giant metallic structure. This metal has high melting point, because it takes a lot of energy to break up a lattice of ions in a sea of electrons with strong forces of attraction, called metallic bonds, between them. Metals are good conductors of electricity because the delocalized, free electrons can move through the lattice carrying charge, when a voltage is applied across the metal structure. The substance C is the only substance aqua solution of which conducts electricity, so it has to have giant ionic structure. It's because the water molecules, which are dipoles, can attract the ions away from the lattice. The ions move freely, surrounded by water molecules. Dissolved or melted ionic compound conducts electricity, because the lattice breaks up and the ions are free to move as charged particles. It can be assumed that substance D is a giant covalent structure, because it is insoluble, it is very hard, but brittle, it forms crystal lattice, and it has high melting point. In addition, this substance does not conduct electricity at all. Substance B is soft and brittle in touch - the sheets can slide over each other easily. It may indicate that this substance has a molecular structure, like the first one. But it has much higher melting point than molecular substances. Besides that, it conducts electricity in solid state, and it does not dissolve in water. This set of properties is very specific "“ it is a combination of single properties of different types of structures. The fact that this substance could well be used as a lubricant layers are easily rubbed off could indicate that this substance can be graphite. EVALUATION After an experiment was finished, our chemistry teacher wrote the names of substances that we were to determine structures of, on the blackboard, so we could verify if our findings were correct and propose improvements to the method in case they were not. And so: substance A appeared to be glucose, substance B "“ graphite, substance C "“ sodium chloride, substance D "“ silicon dioxide, and substance E "“ chromium metal. My predictions according to substance A appeared to be correct. In case of substance E, which is chromium metal, I also obtained correct results. I think that this substance, like it is in case of all metallic substances, has a structure very easy to determine experimentally, even, to say, with bare eye, because we know that metals are the only type of substances that perform a property called metallic luster. Other properties I observed also form a set of properties typical for metal, which is chromium in this case. I was right in case of substance C, which, as it appeared later, is sodium chloride, and sodium chloride is the most characteristic representative of ionic substances. My assumptions relating to substance D are also proved to be correct, since I know now that this substance was silicon dioxide, commonly occurring as quartz, being a good exemplification of properties connected with a giant covalent structure. In case of substance B, I was again right, due to the fact that this substance appeared to be graphite, as I have predicted. Graphite is another example of giant covalent structure, but, on contrary to silicon dioxide, it conducts electricity "“ this property is specific only for this particular substance.   

HYPOTHESIS We can recognize four types of substances due to their structure: ionic, metallic, covalent, and molecular. If a given substance has a metallic luster, is malleable and ductile, is a good conductor of heat and electricity, and has high melting and boiling points, than it is supposed to...

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Aim: To investigate the heat... Aim: To investigate the heat loss of the insulating materials, bubble wrap, cotton wool, blanket and foil Introduction: I will carry out this investigation by measuring the temperature of hot water in beakers insulated with these materials. Naturally the insulated beaker with the warmest water will have prevented the most heat loss. To understand how materials prevent heat loss I need to look at the three ways in which heat can be transferred or lost to the surroundings. One of the ways is conduction. This is when heat energy is transported along an object from the hotter region to the cooler region. The object itself does not move. So when an object is heated, its atoms start vibrating with the heat energy. The free electrons begin to diffuse through the object and collide into other electrons transferring kinetic energy. Substances that have particles close together, like metals are good conductors. Meanwhile gases have particles that further apart so they are poor conductors. Therefore things that are made of particles that are not close together, are poor conductors but good insulators such as gases. Another way is convection, which only happens in liquids and gases. This is when heated particles start moving faster so they move further apart. The heat also makes the particle expand so they become less dense than the unheated particles. As a result of this, the heated particles rise upwards taking the extra energy with them and are replaced by colder and denser regions. A form of convection is in evaporation where the particles in a liquid keep bumping into each other. Sometimes they collide with each other with kinetic energy. During these collisions some particles receive so much energy that they can break away from the liquid. The final way in which heat can be lost is through radiation. This is the transfer of heat energy by waves. Every object sends out infra red radiation but hotter objects send out more. This is completely different to conduction and convection as it does not require particles, so the so infra-red radiation can pass through a vacuum. Also dull and black surfaces emit more heat while shiny and white surfaces emit less. However this makes black and dull surfaces better absorbers Prediction: With the kinetic theory on mind, I predict that out of the materials of foil, bubble wrap, wool and blanket the bubble wrap will be the better insulator. This is because the bubble wrap has a lot of air trapped in its pockets. Air is a very good insulator as its particles are widely spread out therefore there is a less chance of them colliding and passing energy on. This means that there will be less energy transferred to the surroundings, as the bubble wrap would prevent heat loss mainly through conduction. Furthermore the material is made from plastic which in itself is a good insulator. As the aluminium foil is shiny it will reduce heats loss through radiation by reflecting heat back in, like a flask. However since it is a metal, some heat will be lost through conduction. Naturally the blanket material would be a good insulator as its purpose is to keep people warm. This because it has lots of layers and like the wool has air trapped between it fibres. So by reducing heat loss through conduction it should be a good insulator but not as good as the bubble wrap. This is because as it is a dull and black colour some heat will be lost through radiation. The cotton wool is also material that has a lot of trapped air in between its many fibres. Even though it is a good insulator, I feel that because of the thinness of the material the bubble wrap will still be the better insulator. All these materials except the foil are lagging which are insulating materials that have tiny air pockets that trap air to prevent heat from being conducted away. Safety: Since I am dealing with very hot water there are precautions I will need to take. Firstly I will abide to the general laboratory rules i.e. tidy workspace, loose clothing tucked away, and safety goggles. When I need the water for my experiment I will my teacher to pour the hot water. Preliminary investigation: For my investigation I need to know at what intervals I should record a temperature reading and for what period of time. Here are the results of my preliminary investigation: Time Secs Temperature °C 0 84.5 30 80.5 60 77.0 90 75.5 Time Mins Temperature °C 0 84 1 80 2 74 3 72 These results show that taking the temperature readings at 30 second intervals would make the results more accurate and to do this over a 5 minute period. I will also use 80 ml of boiling water and make sure all starting temperatures are the same. Range of results: My results will fit into a table like this, TIME SECS TEMPERATURE OF WATER IN BEAKER ºC CONTROL WOOL BUBBLE FOIL BLANKET Apparatus: In my experiment I will use the following equipments: Electric Kettle "“ To boil the water 5 Beakers "“ To hold the hot water for the experiments Aluminium Foil Bubble Wrap Cotton Wool Blanket Thermometer "“ To measure the temperature Stopwatch "“ To time the experiments Elastic Bands "“ To hold the materials in place Variables: In my experiment the volume of the water for each beaker will be 80 ml. Temperature readings will be taken at 30 second intervals for 5 minutes and I will make sure all beakers have the same starting temperature. Therefore there will 10 readings after the starting temperature. This will ensure my test is fair. The only thing that will be different is the material around the beakers. Method: First of all I will wrap four of the beakers in the materials with the elastic bands. The other beaker will stay uncovered as it is the controlled experiment. After placing the thermometer into the beaker, the 80 ml of water will be poured in and the stopwatch will be started straight away. Also the starting temperature recorded. After that the temperature reading will be recorded at 30 second intervals shown by the stopwatch. This will be done for 5 minutes and repeated for all the beakers. Results: TIME SECS TEMPERATURE OF WATER IN BEAKER ºC CONTROL WOOL BUBBLE FOIL BLANKET 0 83.0 83.5 83.0 83.5 83.5 30 80.5 80.0 81.5 79.5 80.5 60 77.0 78.0 80.0 77.5 78.5 90 75.0 76.0 78.5 76.0 76.5 120 73.5 74.5 76.5 74.0 75.5 150 72.0 73.5 75.5 73.5 74.5 180 70.0 72.5 74.5 72.5 73.5 210 69.0 71.5 74.0 71.5 72.5 240 68.0 70.5 73.0 70.5 71.5 270 66.5 70.0 72.5 69.5 71.0 300 65.5 69.5 72.0 68.5 70.5 Observations: For all the materials there is a sharp drop in temperature for the first minute and after that it gradually slows down. The starting temperatures for the insulated beakers are very close but at 5 minutes they the end readings are more spread out. As you can see on the graph the bubble wrap has the most gradual curve and consequently the slowest rate of heat loss. From the starting temperature of 83.0 °C, it dropped by 12.0 °C after 5 minutes. The blanket is the second best insulator with the temperature drop of 13 °C from a starting temperature of 83.5 °C. The cotton wool lost 14.0 °C from a starting temperature of 83.5°C The aluminium foil is the worst insulator from the materials as from a starting temperature of 83.5 °C it lost 15 °C The controlled experiment the beaker with no insulation has the steepest curve and therefore the fastest heat loss. From the starting temperature of 83.0 °C, it lost 17.5 °C after 5 minutes. Conclusion My prediction was correct as the bubble wrap material was the best insulator because it prevented the most heat loss being the best insulator. The bubble wrap was the best insulator due to its ability to reduce heat loss through conduction. This can be understood by looking behind theory of conduction. Since heat is energy associated with the motions of the particles making up a substance, it is transferred by these motions, shifting from regions of temperature, where particles are more energetic to regions of lower temperature. The rate of heat flow between the two regions is relative to the temperature difference and the heat conductivity of the substance. In solids the molecules are bound and add to the conduction of heat mainly by vibrating against neighboring molecules. However a more important mechanism is the migration of free electrons. Materials such as metals have a high free-electron density therefore they are good conductors of heat while non-metals do not conduct as well. Since gases and liquids have their molecules even further apart they are generally, very poor conductors which makes them good insulators. Therefore the bubble wrap which is made up of lots of air pockets has not only less free electrons to transfer heat but it has molecules the trapped air that are quite far apart. This makes harder for heat from the boiling water in the beaker to be conducted away through the bubble wrap and to the surroundings The blanket and cotton wool were also quite good insulators as they too have a lot of air trapped between the fibres. The foil was not as good because being a metal it had more free electrons with particles being closer together, for heat to be conducted away to other regions. However, since it was quite shiny it reflected some heat back in, to the beakers, such as the effect of a flask so it prevented heat loss better than the controlled beaker. The controlled beaker naturally let out the most heat since it had no form of insulation except the fact that it the beaker was made out of glass which in itself is a fairly good insulator. Evaluation The method that I used to carry out my investigation was fairy simple to carry out. It required me to pour out 80 mls of hot water into beakers insulated with different materials. The temperature of the water was then recorded over a 5 minute period at 30 second intervals. The results of my investigation were accurate as I took my readings at eye-level to the nearest half a degree centigrade. I had no anomalous results and the accuracy can be seen on my results graph where the readings are close to the best fit curve. However I could have been even more accurate as if the time h d been available tome, I would have repeated my experiments to get an average of the results. Another way in which I could have improved my experiment was if was available to me, I would have used a data logger with temperature probe. This would have given me very accurate readings every second. I could have also used polystyrene lids to reduce heat loss by convection in the beakers. To extend by investigation I could have used different beakers like copper cans to see how the material of the beaker affects the rate of heat loss. In addition I could look at the effect of the amount of layers of material insulating the beaker as well as looking at different volumes of boiling water.   

Aim: To investigate the heat loss of the insulating materials, bubble wrap, cotton wool, blanket and foil Introduction: I will carry out this investigation by measuring the temperature of hot water in beakers insulated with these materials. Naturally the insulated beaker with the warmest water will have prevented...

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