In this Activity, students measure the rate of warming for a chilled thermometer bulb held in room temperature air, for a chilled bulb held between two fingers, and for a few milliliters of ice-cold water. Students discover that the warming process is not linear. This Activity emphasizes the importance of measuring temperature change and its relevance to other experiments. Rates of warming and cooling can lead into a kinetic description of heat and matter.
Martin Bartholow, J. Chem. Educ. 2007, 84, p448A.