# Classroom Resources: Energy & Thermodynamics

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• Concentration, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Graphing | High School

### Access is an AACT member benefit. 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

### Access is an AACT member benefit. 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

### Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

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

### Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

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

### Access is an AACT member benefit. 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

### Access is an AACT member benefit. 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

### Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

• 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.

• Elements, Atomic Spectra, Identifying an Unknown, Emission Spectrum, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Emission Spectrum | Elementary School, Middle School

### Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Elements Are Out of This World

In this lesson, students will learn about the elements that make up Earth’s atmosphere and lithosphere and then compare and contrast the information with the elements that compose various other astronomical objects.

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

### Access is an AACT member benefit. 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

### Access is an AACT member benefit. 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, 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

### Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

• Electromagnetic Spectrum, Emission Spectrum | Middle School

### Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Understanding Light & Color

In this lesson students use spectroscopes to analyze the colors of sunlight reflected off a white surface, and determine various colors of light emitted by a multicolor LED bulb at different color settings. They predict what color an object will appear when observed under a certain color of light, and test their predictions with the LED bulb. Students explore how a color wheel can provide a useful model for determining the colors of light an object may absorb or reflect. Finally, students will investigate the color yellow. Many objects that appear yellow are not reflecting yellow light, but reflecting green and red. Students use their spectroscopes to search for objects that truly reflect yellow light.

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

### Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

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

### Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

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

### Access is an AACT member benefit. 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

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

### Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

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

### Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

• Electromagnetic Spectrum | High School

### Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

• 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.

### 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.

• 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

### Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

• Separating Mixtures, Mixtures, Interdisciplinary, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Separating Mixtures, Mixtures | Middle School

### Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Candy and Leaf Chromatography

In this lab, students will learn that mixtures are created by the combination of two or more substances. Many colors are actually mixtures of several different pigments. Mixtures can be separated, and in this lab students will perform chromatography to separate mixtures found in candy and in leaves.