# Classroom Resources: Energy & Thermodynamics

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• Phase Changes, Heat, Specific Heat, Intermolecular Forces | High School

### Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: "It's a Phase" Puzzles

In this activity, students will complete either a crossword puzzle or a word search puzzle for common vocabulary terms related to the topics of phase changes and heat transfer. This activity provides an opportunity for students to increase their familiarity with the terms that they will be expected to use when learning about thermochemistry.

• Calorimetry, Heat, Hess's Law, Enthalpy, Error Analysis | High School

### Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Utilizing Hess's Law

In this lab, students will use a coffee cup calorimeter to collect data that will allow them to calculate ∆H for two reactions. The first reaction, between sodium bicarbonate and hydrochloric acid is endothermic. The second, between sodium carbonate and hydrochloric pressure, is exothermic. They will then use their experimental values and Hess’s Law to determine ∆H for the decomposition of sodium bicarbonate, compare their calculated value to the theoretical value, and calculate the percent error. This resource includes a prelab presentation and sample calculations.

• Heat, Specific Heat, Temperature | High School

### Simulation: Understanding Specific Heat Capacity

In this simulation, students will play the role of engineer. They will calculate the specific heat capacity of various materials to determine which ones meet stated criteria and then perform a cost analysis to determine which material to use.

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

• Chemical Change, Reaction Rate, Chemical Change, Heat, Temperature, Exothermic & Endothermic | High School

### Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: A Comparison of Two Chemical Reactions

In this lab, students will perform two chemical reactions, one between acetic acid and sodium bicarbonate and the other between the citric acid and the sodium bicarbonate in an Alka-Seltzer tablet when dissolved in water. Both reactions will produce gas while reacting in a closed plastic sandwich bag, causing it to inflate. Students will observe the reactions and analyze the results in order to understand indicators of chemical changes, heat flow, and factors that affect reaction rates

• Heat, Temperature, Exothermic & Endothermic | Middle School, High School

### Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Energy Transfer Investigation

In this lab, students will experience several examples of energy transfer. They will analyze their observations and interpret their results in an attempt to explain why each transfer took place.

• 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.

• Renewable Energy, Electricity, Galvanic Cells, Heat, Cathode, Anode | High School

### Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Alternative Fuels Video Questions

In this activity, students will watch a video and answer related questions about the alternatives to petroleum-based fossil fuels such as biofuels and hydrogen fuel cells. Students will learn about the pros and cons of various fuel sources, as well as possibilities for the future of fuels.

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

### Video: Frontiers of Chemistry

This video explores new scientific developments that were made possible by the application of fundamental chemistry concepts. Students will learn about exciting advances in science and technology focused on three main topics: Solar Cells, 3D Printing and Micro Machines.

• Polymers, Combustion, Heat, Exothermic & Endothermic, Heat of Combustion, Molecular Structure | High School

### Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: The Internal Combustion Engine Video Questions

In this activity, students will watch a video and answer related questions about the mechanical and chemical processed used in the internal combustion engine. Additionally they will learn about reactions and fuel types as well as the history and evolution of the combustion engine.

• 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.

• Calorimetry, Heat, Specific Heat | High School

### Activity: Heat Flow Process Engineering Optimization

In this activity, students will use a team-based approach to solve the problem of upscaling a chemical process from lab scale to production scale for a hypothetical reaction. The project involves thermochemistry concepts of heat and calorimetry, along with conversion factors. The students will use a team-oriented problem-solving approach. The emphasis is placed on data driven decision making.

• Calorimetry, Heat, Entropy, Specific Heat, Temperature, Exothermic & Endothermic, Hess's Law, Gibb's Free Energy , Enthalpy, Energy Diagrams | High School

### Lesson Plan: Thermochemistry and Thermodynamics Unit Plan

The AACT high school classroom resource library and multimedia collection has everything you need to put together a unit plan for your classroom: lessons, activities, labs, projects, videos, simulations, and animations. We constructed a unit plan using AACT resources that is designed to teach thermochemistry and thermodynamics to your students.

• Melting Point, Phase Changes, Heat | Elementary School

### Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Chocolate Changes

In this lesson, students will review what they know about the three states of matter (solid, liquid, and gas). They will perform a word sort about states of matter and discuss how substances can exist in more than one state of matter. Following this they will contribute to a KWL (Know, Want to know, Learned) chart. The teacher will conclude the lesson with a demonstration using chocolate.

• Melting Point, Phase Changes, Phase Diagram, Molecular Motion, Calorimetry, Heat, Specific Heat, Temperature, Intermolecular Forces, Heating Curve, Boiling Point, Law of Conservation of Energy | High School

### Lesson Plan: Phase Changes and Heat Transfer Unit Plan

The AACT high school classroom resource library and multimedia collection has everything you need to put together a unit plan for your classroom: lessons, activities, labs, projects, videos, simulations, and animations. We constructed a unit plan using AACT resources that is designed to teach the Phase Changes and Heat Transfer to your students.

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

### Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

• Temperature, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Heat, Temperature | Middle School, High School

### Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Mega Marshmallows

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 | Elementary School, Middle School

### Access is an AACT member benefit. Demonstration: An Uplifting Experience

In this demonstration, students will investigate what happens to air when it is heated.

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

### Access is an AACT member benefit. Video: The Future of Paint Video

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!

• Calorimetry, Heat, Hess's Law | High School

### Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Hess’s Law Application

In this lesson students will determine the ΔHrxn of an unknown reaction using a calorimeter and Hess’s Law.

• Temperature, Heat, Temperature | Elementary School

### Demonstration: Global Warming in a Jar

In this demonstration students will learn about the cause and effects of global warming. Students will research about global warming, while also comparing it to a demonstration. This will help students to better understand the effects that temperature change can have on the planet.

• Heat | Middle School

### Access is an AACT member benefit. Demonstration: Hot Popcorn

In this demonstration, the teacher will pop popcorn using three different methods (a hot plate, a microwave, and an air popper) so that the students can experience and investigate three types of heat energy transfer: convection, conduction, and radiation.

• Classification of Reactions, Heat, Temperature, Exothermic & Endothermic | Middle School, High School

### Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Determining Endothermic and Exothermic Reaction

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.

• Temperature, Heat, Exothermic & Endothermic, Law of Conservation of Energy | High School

### Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Endothermic & Exothermic Reactions

In this activity, students observe industrial-strength snap sticks and chemical cold packs and discuss processes of endothermic and exothermic reactions.

• Combustion, Heat, Exothermic & Endothermic, Heat of Combustion | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

### Access is an AACT member benefit. Video: The Internal Combustion Engine Video

This video investigates both the mechanical and the chemical processes used in the internal combustion engine, as well as the history and evolution of the combustion engine.