# Freezing and Melting of Water

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1 Freezing and Melting of Water The cooling and warming behavior of water is investigated. With the use of technology, water temperature data is collected, graphed and analyzed. The freezing and melting points of water are determined and compared. Hypothesis The freezing and melting points of a substance may be determined by observing the warming and cooling behavior of that substance. Primary Learning Outcomes At the end of this lesson, students will be able to: Be familiarized with data collection using the Vernier LabPro and TI calculator Be familiarized with the use of the Vernier LabPro temperature probe Collect, graph, display and make inferences from data Determine the freezing and melting point of water using temperature readings of cooling and warming water samples Assessed GPS SCSh2. Students will use standard safety practices for all classroom laboratory and field investigations. a. Follow correct procedures for use of scientific apparatus. SCSh3. Students will identify and investigate problems scientifically. c. Collect, organize and record appropriate data. d. Graphically compare and analyze data points and/or summary statistics. e. Develop reasonable conclusions based on data collected. f. Evaluate whether conclusions are reasonable by reviewing the process and checking against other available information. SCSh4. Students will use tools and instruments for observing, measuring, and manipulating scientific equipment and materials. a. Develop and use systematic procedures for recording and organizing information. b. Use technology to produce tables and graphs. c. Use technology to develop, test, and revise experimental or mathematical models. SCSh5. Students will demonstrate the computation and estimation skills necessary for analyzing data and developing reasonable scientific explanations. b. Consider possible effects of measurement errors on calculations. c. Recognize the relationship between accuracy and precision. d. Express appropriate numbers of significant figures for calculated data, using scientific notation where appropriate.

2 SC6. Students will understand the effects motion of atoms and molecules in chemical and physical processes. a. Compare and contrast atomic/molecular motion in solids, liquids, gases, and plasmas. b. Collect data and calculate the amount of heat given off or taken in by chemical or physical processes. c. Analyzing (both conceptually and quantitatively) flow of energy during change of state (phase). Duration 90 minutes Materials and Equipment 400-mL beaker 10-mL graduated cylinder test tube salt ice water ring stand utility clamp Technology Connection Vernier LabPro interface TI Graphing Calculator Vernier DataMate program Vernier Temperature Probe Procedures Step 1: Introduction/Motivation, 20 minutes If necessary, prep temperature probes, including calibration as outlined in the manual accompanying temperature probes. Put some ice cubes in a beaker containing warm water for the students to see. Elicit responses as to what is really happening (emphasis on the molecular level). Lead a discussion as to what happens to molecules of H 2 O in a given phase when in contact with other H 2 O molecules in a different phase (e.g., water vapor and ice, water and water vapor, water and ice). Molecules of a substance exhibit increasing disorder as phase changes from solid to liquid to gas. As disorder increases, so does the frequency of molecules of a substance colliding with each other and with their surroundings. Thus, the kinetic energy of molecules in a substance increases as disorder increases. Conversely, the potential energy of the molecules in a substance increases as the tendency of molecules to become disordered increases. Irrespective of the method of temperature observation (e.g., thermometer, temperature probe attached to electronic data collection device, etc.), graphs of temperature vs. time for water that is warming and for water that is cooling will have a characteristic appearance:

3 Cooling Water Temperature Time Warming Water Temperature Time Draw these graphs on the board for students to see and record. In both graphs, there is a region (bounded by the red bars) that represents the phase change of the water. In these intervals, there is no kinetic energy. However, potential energy is either increasing (as in the case during melting) or decreasing (as in the case during freezing) in these intervals. In this activity, students will record the cooling and warming of water for 15 minutes each using the LabPro with attached temperature probe. Using their calculators and the Vernier DATAMATE program, students will then select the region shown above as bounded by the red bars and take the mean of the range of values spanning this interval. These two mean values are to be interpreted as the freezing and melting points of water, respectively. Given this information as well as prior knowledge about the properties of water, ask students to share and record their hypotheses regarding the following: What is the freezing point of water? the melting point? Why would temperature stay stable for a given time as seen in the graphs (above, drawn on the board)?

4 Show students what the setup is supposed to look like, including initialization and preparation of the probe, LabPro device, and calculator. Refer to the student activity handout for visual. Have students look over the student activity handout to anticipate the sequence of data entry and button combinations on the TI calculators. Ask if there are any questions about the procedure (5 minutes max). Step 2: Activity, 50 minutes Students will break up into groups and conduct activity Freezing and Melting of Water as outlined in student activity handout. Recommendations: It is recommended that 20 x 150 mm, 25 x 150 mm or 18 x 150 mm test tubes be used. Water samples of 5 ml work and 5 teaspoons of salt are recommended. Students whose solutions are slow to reach the 0 C plateau at the start of Trial 1 or slow to drop below 0 C near the end of the trial may not have added enough salt or used adequate stirring to dissolve it. Many samples will supercool. Stirring will bring the super-cooled water to the melting temperature plateau. Remind students to collect data for the entire 15 minutes of each trial. If data collection is prematurely stopped, students will not be able to see both graphs simultaneously as described in Step 16 of the student activity handout. Step 3: Review, 20 minutes Gather students as a class and discuss results, answers to the review questions given at the end of the student handout, and any problems or questions with the procedure. A brief mention should be made of the concepts of precision (repeatability of results) and accuracy (proximity to the true value) if there is an issue with the calculated freezing and melting points of water not being 32 F/0 C. Assessment Completed student worksheets will be collected and graded. Student understanding of activity components may be assessed by unit examination. Student affect and work ethic may be assessed by affect/ethic rubric. References Holmquist, D.D., Randall, J. & Volz, D. (2000). Chemistry with Calculators. pp T3. Vernier Software & Technology: Beaverton, Oregon.

5 Freezing and Melting of Water Freezing temperature, the temperature at which a substance turns from liquid to solid, and melting temperature, the temperature at which a substance turns from a solid to a liquid, are characteristic physical properties. In this experiment, the cooling and warming behavior of a familiar substance, water, will be investigated. By examining graphs of the data, the freezing and melting temperatures of water will be determined and compared. Figure 1 MATERIALS LabPro or CBL 2 interface TI Graphing Calculator DataMate program Temperature Probe ring stand utility clamp 400-mL beaker 10-mL graduated cylinder test tube salt ice water PROCEDURE Part I Freezing 1. Put about 100 ml of water and 6 ice cubes into a 400-mL beaker. 2. Put 5 ml of water into a test tube and use a utility clamp to fasten the test tube to a ring stand. The test tube should be situated above the water bath. Place the Temperature Probe into the water inside the test tube. 3. Plug the Temperature Probe into Channel 1 of the LabPro or CBL 2 interface. Use the link cable to connect the TI Graphing Calculator to the interface. Firmly press in the cable ends. 4. Turn on the calculator and start the DATAMATE program. Press CLEAR to reset the program. 5. Set up the calculator and interface for the Temperature Probe.

8 Name Data Table and Review Questions DATA TABLE Freezing temperature of water C Melting temperature of water C PROCESSING THE DATA 1. What happened to the water temperature during freezing? During melting? 2. According to your data and graph, what is the freezing temperature of water? The melting temperature? Express your answers to the nearest 0.1 C. 3. How does the freezing temperature of water compare to its melting temperature? 4. Tell if the kinetic energy of the water in the test tube increases, decreases, or remains the same in each of these time segments during the experiment when: a. the temperature is changing at the beginning and end of Part I b. the temperature remains constant in Part I c. the temperature is changing at the beginning and end of Part II d. the temperature remains constant in Part II 5. In those parts of Question 4 in which there was no kinetic energy change, tell if potential energy increased or decreased.

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