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Coffee Cooling
Task with Student Directions
Contributed by: Oregon State Department of Education


Coffee, espressos, and lattes have become more and more popular in the Pacific Northwest. Keeping coffee hot has become important to a lot of companies. What things affect how long coffee stays hot?


Here are some topics that you may choose, or you may choose your own topic:

  • insulation thickness
  • container surface area
  • temperature of coffee
  • size of opening of container
  • air currents around container
  • temperature of outside air
  • coffee additives (such as milk or sugar)
  • amount of coffee


After conducting an investigation and analyzing it, at the end of your report, you will propose a question/hypothesis related to cooling of a substance for further study.



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