Why is ocean water sometimes the warmest when the average daily air temperature starts to drop? In this activity, learners explore the differing heat capacities of water and air using real data. They analyze graphs of air and water temperature, create their own graphs of temperature range, describe the difference in the heat capacities of air and water, and explain the practical applications of water’s high heat capacity. Includes background information and suggestions for going further.


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