Coffee Thermocline Lab
A layered system of coffee and milk serves as a physical model for temperature gradients in lakes or the atmosphere, where temperature depends on both a temporal and spatial variable. Students create, observe, and collect temperature data of their own, graph the data, and develop mathematical models to fit the data.
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Bruder, Andrea and Kohler, Brynja, "Coffee Thermocline Lab" (2016). Laboratory Experiences in Mathematical Biology. 6.