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Robert Boyle Video Questions (3 Favorites)

ACTIVITY in Gas Laws, Pressure, History, Volume. Last updated June 1, 2018.


Summary

In this activity, students will watch a video and answer questions about Robert Boyle. They will learn about his impact in chemistry, including Boyle’s Law which describes the relationship between pressure and volume of a gas.

Grade Level

Middle and High School

Objectives

By the end of this activity, students should be able to

  • Explain the mathematical relationship between the variables in Boyle’s Law.
  • Appreciate Boyle’s impact on chemistry.

Chemistry Topics

This activity supports students’ understanding of

  • Gas Laws
  • Pressure
  • Volume
  • History of Chemistry

Time

Teacher Preparation: minimal

Lesson: 10 minutes

Materials

Safety

  • No specific safety precautions need to be observed for this activity.

Teacher Notes

  • The Robert Boyle video was developed as a part of the AACT original video series, Founders of Chemistry. The entire series can be found here.
  • The running time of this video is four minutes and thirteen seconds.
  • This video is intended for students to watch, and for teachers to integrate into their curriculum.
  • The student questions/answers are presented in sequential order in the video.
  • An answer key has also been provided for teacher reference.
  • Videos can be shown with the use of a classroom projector, or teachers can generate a Student Video Pass through their AACT membership to allow students to independently access the video.

For the Student

Lesson

Instructions

While watching the Founders of Chemistry Video about Robert Boyle, answer the following questions:

  1. Where and when was Robert Boyle born?
  2. How old was Boyle when he published his most famous work?
  3. What was the title of this publication?
  4. What did Boyle think chemistry was the key to understanding?
  5. What was Boyle a founding member of and what was it?
  6. What was revolutionary about Boyle’s experiments and publishing his failures and successes?
  7. What is Boyle’s Law?
  8. What has Boyle’s Law helped us with?