My daughter did the “burn the nut” experiment in her high school chemistry class yesterday. In this experiment, the nut is set up under a calorimeter (which could be as simple as a glass beaker with a thermometer, though other setups work better), the nut is burned, the water warms up, and the student calculates the amount of heat released in the combustion reaction.
She told me about this, and I burst into song, just like I did when I was a chemistry teacher. Here is the song:
THE CHEMISTRY SONG
(Tune: The Christmas Song)
words by Kevin Nelstead, Bucharest Christian Academy
Chestnuts roasting with an open fire,
With a calorimeter.
Chemis-tree carols being sung by a choir,
And students dressed up with safety goggles.
Everybody knows the specific heat of H2O
Is one calorie per gram degree Celsius.
And though its been said, many times, many ways
I’ll write on the topic of Chemis-tree carols some other time.
Grace and Peace