# Classroom Resources: Energy & Thermodynamics

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• Concentration, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Graphing | High School

### Lesson Plan: Determining the Time of Death

In this lesson, students will perform a flame test on a sample of vitreous humor (liquid found in the eyeball) in a forensic investigation. They will determine which element from the sample is used to determine the time of death. Then they will engineer a simple spectrophotometer to quantify that element. Evaluating a fake sample of vitreous humor in their spectrophotometer will help them determine the time of death for a hypothetical cadaver.

• Atomic Spectra, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Electrons | High School

### Lesson Plan: Atomic Spectra for At-Home Learning

In this lesson, students first observe a flame test demonstration conducted by their teacher, and hypothesize about the identity of an unknown sample. Then they make connections in their understanding as they are tasked with building a prism, researching about wavelengths, and creating a model of electron energy levels.

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

### Animation: The Electromagnetic Spectrum Animation

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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Atomic Theory, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Law of Conservation of Energy, Electrons | High School

### Simulation: Exciting Electrons

In the March 2015 issue, students explore what happens when electrons within a generic atom are excited from their ground state. They will see that when an electron relaxes from an excited state to its ground state, energy is released in the form of electromagnetic radiation.

• Interdisciplinary, Heat, Temperature, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Graphing, Radiation, Experimental Design | Middle School, High School

### Lesson Plan: The Ozone Layer

In this lesson, students will develop an explanation for the consequences of ozone depletion on Earth by planning and carrying out an investigation. Students will use analysis and interpretation of data to develop a model to explain the cause and effect of Ozone depletion on the planet Earth.

• Atomic Spectra, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Electrons | High School

### Lab: Mystical Fire Investigation

In this lab, students will create several testable questions based upon their observations of a mystical fire. Students then direct their own laboratory experience as they safely investigate these testable questions through the use of multiple flame tests.

• Atomic Spectra, Identifying an Unknown, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Electrons | High School

### Lab: The Case of the Contaminated Well

In this lab, students will observe the colors produced when different metal salt solutions are heated in a flame. Students will take on the role of a forensic investigator and use their results to help them determine if collected evidence was contaminated.

• Atomic Spectra, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Electrons | High School

### Demonstration: Flame Test (Rainbow Demo)

In this demonstration, students will observe the variety of colors produced when different metals or metallic salts are heated in a flame.

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

### Video: Color Matching Paint Video

This video explains how technology, specifically focusing on spectrophotometry, can be used for paint matching. Students will learn how the spectrophotometer interacts with the spectrum of visible light in order to match or reproduce specific paint colors.

• Concentration, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Beer's Law | High School

### Lesson Plan: Using Color to Identify an Unknown

In this lesson students will utilize spectrophotometry to identify the wavelength of maximum absorbance for a food dye. They will also generate a Beer's Law Standard Curve, and utilize their skills to identify the different dyes and their concentrations in an unknown mixture. The lesson culminates with an extension to utilizing a similar method in color matching paint.

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

### Video: What are Pigments? Video

This video discusses the chemistry of pigment molecules and how they are used to give paints their specific color. 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, Molecular Formula, Polymers, Molecular Structure, Solute & Solvent, Intermolecular Forces, Electromagnetic Spectrum | Middle School, High School

### Video: What is Paint? Video

This video investigates the composition of paint, while analyzing the fundamental chemistry principles of its main components. 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.

• Intermolecular Forces, Molecular Structure, Reduction, Redox Reaction, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Law of Conservation of Energy, Oxidation, Half Reactions, Oxidation Number | High School

### Lesson Plan: Fading Away

In this lesson students will explore photodegradation of color. First, students will view how fading of paint has affected Van Gogh’s great works of art and the efforts that are being taken to conserve these works. While exploring, students will actively engage in research to relate the fading process to redox reactions, X-Ray diffraction, solute-solvent interactions, and light/energy calculations. Students will then act as an Engineering Task Force and brainstorm to identify how photodegradation affects modern day objects and plan how to address their fading in an effort to market to the airliner Jetstar

• Emission Spectrum, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Emission Spectrum, Electrons | Middle School, High School

### Lesson Plan: Let it Glow

In this lesson students will investigate the fluorescence of a variety of everyday items as well as prepared samples under a black light. Students will examine the concepts of absorption and subsequent emission of photons, as well as wavelength, frequency, and energy of electromagnetic radiation. As extension activities, students will learn about phosphorescence and research real-life applications of photoluminescence.

• Electromagnetic Spectrum | High School

### Activity: Electromagnetic Spectrum Book

In this activity, students will create a book that describes all of the individual parts that make up the electromagnetic spectrum.

• Atoms, Model of the Atom, Atomic Theory, Emission Spectrum, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Subatomic Particles, Emission Spectrum, Electrons | High School

### Lesson Plan: Modeling Energy in Chemistry: Energy and the Electron

This activity is designed for students to build a scientific argument about the relationship between energy and spectral lines by exploring how light interacts with atoms. In the process, students will examine proposed models of the hydrogen atom and use collected data to analyze the proposed models. They will then select one of the models and write a scientific argument to support their choice. Students will then review additional data to support and/or refute their selection. Based on their analysis, students will revise their selected model and construct a new argument to support their revisions.

• Observations, Inferences, Atomic Spectra, Activity Series, Emission Spectrum, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Emission Spectrum, Ions | High School

### Lab: Flame Test: Going Further

In this lab, students will investigate the colors produced when several mixtures of metallic ions are placed in a flame.

• Atomic Theory, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Law of Conservation of Energy, Electrons | High School

### Activity: Simulation Activity: Exciting Electrons

In this simulation, students will explore what happens when electrons within a generic atom are excited from their ground state. This is a qualitative investigation, not meant to mimic any particular atom.

• Radiation, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Radiation | Middle School, High School

### Lab: The Most Effective Sunscreen

In this lab, students will research and compare the effectiveness of various SPF levels in sunscreen lotions. The lotion’s ability to block UV (ultraviolet) radiation from the sun will be tested using a UV bead detector.

• Interdisciplinary, Atomic Spectra, Identifying an Unknown, Emission Spectrum, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Emission Spectrum | Middle School, High School

### Lab: Spectral Detective

In this lab, students will use a spectroscope to view the atomic spectra of various unknown elements. Using their collected data in combination with known atomic spectra, they will identify the chemical elements.

• Interdisciplinary, Atomic Spectra, Identifying an Unknown, Emission Spectrum, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Emission Spectrum | Middle School, High School

### Lab: Build a Spectroscope

In this lab, the students will make and use a spectroscope to identify the spectra within various types of light bulbs. The students will then develop an improved design for the spectroscope.

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