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How much energy do you save by doubling insulation?

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Students will be provided the governing equation for steady state heat transfer across a surface. They will use that equation to explore the effect of changing the insulation value on the amount of energy used.

Learning Goals

Engages students in civil discourse/ communications that lead to more effective decisions

Promote creative visioning around sustainable futures

Context for Use

Appropriate for learning about how adding insulation can reduce the energy requirements. Additionally, this activity is suitable for learning to manipulate algebraic equations and fractions.

Description and Teaching Materials

Student handout for insulation assignment (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 14kB Mar15 13)

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