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Newton's Law of Cooling



Performing the Simulation:


This is the experimental set up that the user can see on the simulator.



User Instructions


The simulator consists of three regions:


  1. Simulator’s viewable window.
  2. Variable menu.
  3. Measurement menu.


Variable Menu:


The variable menu contains two drop down combo boxes and two buttons. The user can select the desired material and liquid from these combo boxes. Here select the material (say 'Brass') and liquid (say 'Water'), then click on the Start Heating button. The temperature starts rising. When it reaches the desired temperature (say 80oC) click on the Stop Heating button. When the temperature falls to 70oC, start the stop watch.  The time reading is taken for every 5o fall of temperature. The user can click on the 'Show Graph' checkbox to see a graph that is initially blank.  To plot the graph, click on the Plot Graph button.  The graph is plotted by noting the temperature along the Y axis and time along the X axis.




The graph is shown below. The next is the reset button. It resets the simulator to its default values.

  Example :




The user can repeat the experiment to change the material, liquid and temperature TH.



The values entered in both variable menu and measurement menu are default values. The user can do the experiment using different options by selecting the corresponding icons.


Measurement Menu:


In the measurement menu the user can view the measured temperature reading and the time for cooling.


Procedure for Real lab


The calorie meter is filled 2/3rd with the given liquid and is heated to a temperature of 80oC. This liquid will act as a hot body which is subjected to cooling. The thermometer is inserted in to the calorimeter. When the temperature reading is 70oC the stopwatch is started. The time readings are noted for every 5o fall of temperature up to the room temperature. The readings are tabulated. A graph is drawn with temperature θ along Y axis and time (t) along X axis, dθ/dt is found by taking slopes to tangents drawn at various temperatures on the cooling curve. Hence Newton's law of cooling is verified.

Observations and Calculations


Time (s) Temperature (0C)






 Slope dθ/dt = .............................



Newton's Law  of Cooling is verified.


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