Temperature / Pressure Fact Sheet


Temperature / Pressure Experiment

Introduction: Students measure the temperature of ice water and warm water and monitor the temperature of warm water after ice is added. In addition, students insert a balloon filled with air into the ice water and warm water to see the effect of temperature on the balloon shape.

Supplies: The Boulder Valley School District FOSS Temperature kit includes the large beakers and thermometers needed for this experiment. A supply of ice and small balloons are also needed for this experiment.

Procedure: For each group of students, there is a beaker of ice water and luke warm water. The students measure the temperature of the ice water and warm water and record their results. With the balloon moderately filled with air, the balloon circumference (distance around the balloon) is measured. Then the balloon is inserted into the ice water, and the balloon circumference is measured once it has shrunk. The balloon is then inserted into the warm water beaker, and again the balloon circumference is measured. Finally, ice is added to the warm water and the temperature is monitored while the water cools off.


Ice Water Temperature : ____________________

Warm Water Temperature : ____________________


Balloon Circumference (distance around the balloon)

At room temperture : ______________________

In ice water : ______________________

In warm water : ______________________


Temperature Changes When Ice and Warm Water are Combined

0 min : __________________

1 min : __________________

2 min : __________________

3 min : __________________

4 min : __________________

5 min : __________________

10 min : __________________