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Please explain the difference between conduction, convection Suggest hands-on activities for 6th grade students.

1. Look at the answer to question 99.
2. For conduction you can do experiments like heating a rod at one end and monitering the time it takes for the other end to heat up and reach a saturation temperature. This time will be longer for bad thermal conductors and small for good thermal conductors.
3. For convection you can probably study the motion of a tracer ( like tea leaves ) in a fluid being heated ( like water ).


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