This post was originally published August 2013. The images became unlinked which prompted me to republish. If you saw it before, thanks for your visit. If this is your first time, I hope you enjoy it.
Do you like hot and spicy foods? I do. What is the ingredient that makes a food HOT? During the last years of teaching high school physics, I was fortunate to have a colleague who taught some of the sections. He was a lot of fun. We always enjoyed making physics relevant and enjoyable for the kids regardless of the topic. After our unit on heat and calorimetry, we decided to add a lesson on spicy hot foods. He had friends in Indiana who grew peppers on their farm. In the summer, he would go help them harvest and come home with some amazing peppers and hot sauces. He put together a presentation to share with the kids in our classes. The graphics here are from that lesson. Thanks to my colleague, Matt, for permission to use them.
Of courses, some students didn’t believe it when told not eat too much of a hot sauce. We usually had some samples for them to taste if they wanted. They ranged from jellies, to a nice chili, to a cheese sauce dip. A couple of the sauce samples we had out were extra hot. They were not to try more that a tiny drop on a toothpick. Well, some had to show off and prove they had more testosterone than anyone else. Those kids sometimes ended up in the bathroom or gulping our gallon of milk as fast as possible.
How about you? Have you tried these? Do you have some funny stories of hot foods? Let’s hear them.
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