Classroom Resources: Energy & Thermodynamics
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Physical Properties, History, Measurements, Temperature, SI Units, Accuracy | High School, Middle School, Elementary School
In this activity, students will watch a video and answer questions about how both the thermometer and the concept of temperature evolved over time
Temperature, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Heat, Temperature | High School, Middle School
In this lab, students will investigate the Kinetic Molecular Theory and particle motion while experimenting with a marshmallow. Students will observe how an increase in kinetic energy will cause particles to increase in motion. This concept will be extended into a discussion about additional real world thermal expansion examples.
Temperature, Heat, Temperature | Middle School, Elementary School
In this demonstration, students will investigate what happens to air when it is heated.
Electricity, Polymers, Molecular Structure, Heat, Temperature, Molecular Geometry, Electronegativity | High School, Middle School
This video explores the fascinating and innovative scientific advancements of paint. Students will learn how the molecular components in paint are helping to evolve in the world around them. Futuristic paint is capable of replacing light switches, conducting electricity, and regulating temperature amongst other things!
Classification of Reactions, Heat, Temperature, Exothermic & Endothermic | High School, Middle School
In this lab, students will analyze evidence to determine if a chemical reaction releases energy and can be classified as an exothermic reaction or if it absorbs energy and can be classified as an endothermic reaction.
Physical Properties, History, Accuracy, Temperature | High School, Middle School, Elementary School
This video tells the story of how temperature as we currently know it evolved. The first thermometers invented in the early 1600s are very different than ones we use today!
Heat, Temperature | Middle School, High School
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.
Molecular Motion, Temperature | Middle School, High School
In this demonstration, students will observe food dye mixing with water at different temperatures.
Freezing Point, Phase Changes, Physical Change, Temperature | Middle School
This activity explores the interaction between salt and water (ice) as a way to further investigate their impact on the state of matter of a substance. Students will use salt and ice to create a slushy lemonade drink without the use of a freezer. They will learn through this hands-on experiment how salt and ice can rapidly cool a liquid.
Temperature, Chemical Change, Interdisciplinary, History, Heat, Temperature | High School, Middle School
In this lab, students will create two simulations of the Earth’s atmosphere. They will compare a control model with a one that has an increased presence of carbon dioxide gas in order to analyze how this effects temperature. They will also complete research in order to learn more about the makeup of the Earth’s atmosphere.
Freezing Point, Physical Change, Temperature, Exothermic & Endothermic, Boiling Point | Middle School, High School
In this demonstration, students will observe the exothermic and endothermic properties of state changes of substances with different freezing and boiling points.
Classification of Reactions, Chemical Change, Heat, Temperature, Exothermic & Endothermic | High School, Middle School
In this lab, students will design and test an experiment for producing either an endothermic or an exothermic reaction. The goal of the lab is for students to successfully construct a reproducible procedure for a reaction that either releases or absorbs thermal energy, and that can be supported with data.
Observations, Phase Changes, Physical Change, Temperature | Middle School, Elementary School
In this lab, students will explore the process of condensation. Students will investigate how water vapor condenses, and then they will conduct a comparison test to see if cooling water vapor has an effect on the rate of condensation.