Are You Smarter
Than a 5th Grader?

Are You Smarter Than a
5th Grader?

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5th Grade Waves Question

During band, one of your classmates pulls off a truly amazing drum solo. In this example, identify the source of the sound, the matter/medium it travels through, and what the matter/medium is doing to pass the sound energy along.

5th Grade Waves Answer

Source - drum sticks hitting drum

Matter/medium - drum, air

What matter/medium is doing - vibrating

5th Grade Thermal Energy Question

What is an insulator? List at least one example.

What is a conductor? List as least one example.

5th Grade Thermal Energy Answer

An insulator is a material that blocks or reduces the flow of thermal energy. Ex -

A conductor is a material that allows the flow of thermal energy. Ex -

4th Grade Waves Question

What color shirt should you wear to do yard work on a hot, bright, sunny day? Why would you choose this color?

4th Grade Waves Answer

White because all of the light waves will be reflected.

4th Grade Thermal Energy Question

How was convection present in the penguin test environment? What evidence is there that is it convection?

4th Grade Thermal Energy Answer

The heater/fan circulating the warmed air throughout the environment. The thermal energy was moving ON the air particles as the warmer air rose and the cooler air sank.

3rd Grade Waves Question

Draw the wave shown here. On it, label:

  • one crest
  • one trough
  • amplitude
  • wavelength

3rd Grade Waves Answer

3rd Grade Thermal Energy Question

How was conduction present in the penguin test environment? What evidence is there to confirm that transfer is conduction?

3rd Grade Thermal Energy Answer

Bottom of the shelter was warmed by the heat pad because they were in direct contact. The touching of the heat pad allows the molecules to PASS the thermal energy via conduction.

2nd Grade Waves Question

What do ALL waves carry?

2nd Grade Waves Answer

ENERGY!!!

2nd Grade Thermal Energy Question

Where was radiation present in our penguin test environment? What evidence is there that it was radiation?

2nd Grade Thermal Energy Answer

Radiation was present from the transfer of thermal energy via EM waves (light) from the heat lamps. The thermal energy “jumped” via EM waves from the light to the shelter (NO MATTER NEEDED).

1st Grade Waves Question

  • What are the three things that can happen when a wave strikes matter?

1st Grade Waves Answer

  • Reflect, absorb, or transmit

1st Grade Thermal Energy Question

How does thermal energy ALWAYS move when objects of different temperature interact?

1st Grade Thermal Energy Answer

From the hotter matter to the cooler matter.

Million Dollar Question
Grade Level Topic 11

Thermal Energy

1,000,000 Question

If 20 mL of water at 100⁰C is mixed with 20 mL of water at 50⁰C, at what temperature will they “even out?” What is the scientific term for this “evening out?”

1,000,000 Answer

75⁰C. In science, we call this equilibrium.

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