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Thermal Insulators and Conductors
If you put frozen ice cream into a metal bowl, warmth would travel from the bowl to the ice cream.

Thermal Insulators and Conductors

Thermal insulators and conductors are used for controlling heat. People are often reminded about the importance of insulation - especially when it comes to saving energy in the home. But what is insulation, what does it do and why is it important? And why don't we hear as much about conductors?

Try this science quiz to see how well you understand thermal insulators and conductors.

  1. When heat can transfer easily through a material, that material is called a .......
  2. Materials which do not allow heat to transfer easily through them are called .......
  3. Why should oven gloves be made from materials which are good thermal insulators?
  4. Which of these materials is a better thermal conductor than the others?
  5. Which of these materials would be a better thermal insulator than the others?
  6. Why do stainless steel pots often have wooden handles?
  7. If you put frozen ice cream into a metal bowl, what would happen?
  8. Which of the following would best protect ice cream from melting?
  9. Plastic is a good thermal insulator. Where would you see plastic used?
  10. What would be a disadvantage of stirring a boiling pot with a metal spoon?

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