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water is a bad conductor of heat APPARATUS: Ice Test tube Bunsen burner DIAGRAM:
Halfway full the tube with cold water and then heat the top of the water with the flame of a Bunsen. . There is a difference of 100°C in the temperature over just a short distance. DISCUSSION: Note the water at the top boils but the ice cube is not melting any faster. Therefore water is a bad conductor of heat. Eventually slow conduction of heat through the water and the walls of the glass test tube melts the ice.METHOD: Sink a cube of ice at the bottom of a test tube so that it cannot float.