In this activity,
students compute the amount of latent heat energy produced
in a hurricane, and convert the units of this energy to
those of a commodity we're all familiar with - the Big
Mac sandwich. In addition to the physical concept of latent
heat, the activity stresses scientific notation, unit
conversion, and the manipulation of mathematical equations.
can be geared toward students ranging from middle school
through advanced placement classes by adjusting the amount
of structure provided in the worksheet.
is an outgrowth of a "blackboard calculation"
presented to students in Pete Saracino's ninth grade Earth
Science class at Marcus Whitman High School, Rushville,
NY. Tips and potential problems in the Teacher's Guide
stem from this piloting session.