# Classroom Resources: Energy & Thermodynamics

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• Heat, Specific Heat, Temperature, Experimental Design | High School, Middle School

### Activity: Simulation Activity: Understanding Specific Heat

In this simulation, students will play the role of engineer in deciding which materials are the best candidates for a building project. They will calculate the specific heat capacity of various building materials to determine which ones meet the criteria for building an energy efficient home. Students will also do a cost analysis to determine which material to use in their building project. On the student activity sheet, they will answer additional conceptual and numerical questions related to specific heat capacity.

• Interdisciplinary, Electromagnetic Spectrum | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

### Activity: Animation Activity: Electromagnetic Spectrum

In this animation, students will learn about the electromagnetic spectrum, with a focus on the visible spectrum. It addresses the relationship between color, wavelength, frequency, and energy of light waves, as well as how an object absorbs and reflects certain wavelengths of light to contribute to the color we perceive.

• Electricity, Polymers, Molecular Structure, Heat, Temperature, Molecular Geometry, Electronegativity | Middle School, High School

### Activity: Future of Paint Video Questions

In this activity, students will watch a video and answer related questions about the fascinating and innovative scientific advancements of paint. During the video, Students will learn how the molecular components in paint are helping to evolve in the world around them.

• Identifying an Unknown, Electromagnetic Spectrum | Middle School, High School

### Activity: Color Matching Paint Video Questions

In this activity, students will watch a video and answer related questions about how technology, specifically focusing on spectrophotometry, can be used for paint matching. During the video, students will learn how the spectrophotometer interacts with the spectrum of visible light in order to match or reproduce specific paint colors.

• Mixtures, Molecular Structure, Electromagnetic Spectrum | Middle School, High School

### Activity: What are Pigments? Video Questions

In this activity, students will watch a video and answer related questions about the chemistry of pigment molecules and how they are used to give paints their specific color. During the video, students will learn about the importance of a pigment’s molecular structure, how they are physically suspended to create a paint color, as well as how they interact with light.

• Mixtures, Intermolecular Forces, Polymers, Molecular Structure, Solute & Solvent, Intermolecular Forces, Electromagnetic Spectrum | Middle School, High School

### Activity: What is Paint? Video Questions

In this activity, students will watch a video and answer related questions about the composition of paint. During the video, students will learn about the differences between three common paint types, water colors, oil-based and acrylic paint as well as the chemistry of each.

• Renewable Energy, Introduction, Interdisciplinary, History, Polymers, Molecular Structure, Heat | Middle School, High School

### Activity: The Frontiers of Chemistry: Video Questions

In this activity, students will answer questions while watching a video about several exciting scientific developments, including solar cells, 3D printing and micro machines. This video will help students understand that fundamental chemistry concepts are essential to the advancement of science and technology.

• Physical Properties, History, Measurements, Temperature, SI Units, Accuracy | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

### Activity: Temperature Guys Video Questions

In this activity, students will watch a video and answer questions about how both the thermometer and the concept of temperature evolved over time

• Classification of Reactions, Chemical Change, Temperature, Exothermic & Endothermic, Activation Energy, Energy Diagrams, Bond Energy | Middle School, High School

### Activity: Simulation Activity: Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions

In this simulation, students will evaluate the energy changes in an endothermic and an exothermic chemical reaction. Through the use of this simulation students will have the opportunity to compare how energy is absorbed and released in each reaction. Additionally, students will make a connection between the standard energy diagrams associated with each reaction type.

• Melting Point, Freezing Point, Phase Changes, Molecular Motion, Heat, Specific Heat, Temperature, Intermolecular Forces, Heating Curve, Boiling Point, Heat of Vaporization , Heat of Fusion | High School, Middle School

### Activity: Simulation Activity: Heating Curve of Water

In this simulation, students will investigate qualitatively and quantitatively what happens as water changes states.

• Observations, Molecular Motion, Heat, Specific Heat, Temperature | High School, Middle School

### Activity: What Makes Something Feel Warm

In this lesson students actively engage in thinking about energy issues in chemistry and the nature of energy (thermal) transfer. The idea that temperature is a measure of heat content will be challenged, and students will be given the opportunity to collect data that will allow them to clearly see that different materials transfer energy at different rates.

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