Classroom Resources: Energy & Thermodynamics


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  • Phase Changes, Molecular Motion, Temperature, Exothermic & Endothermic, Heat of Combustion, Intermolecular Forces | High School

    Lab: Investigating Condensation

    In this lab, students will explore the phase change of condensation and determine whether this process is endothermic or exothermic. Students will then investigate how water vapor condenses, what effect surrounding temperature has on the rate of condensation, and what is happening to the molecules when they condense.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Phase Changes, Physical Change, Specific Heat, Temperature, Heat of Combustion, Intermolecular Forces, Heating Curve, Boiling Point, Heat of Vaporization | Middle School, High School

    Demonstration: Cooking an Egg in Chemistry Class

    In this demonstration, students will observe the very high latent heat of vaporization for water by boiling water over a Bunsen burner in a paper cup to cook a boiled egg. The discussion can be extended to incorporate intermolecular forces to explain the unusually high boiling point of water, as well as heat of vaporization and specific heat capacity.

  • Chemical Change, Temperature, Exothermic & Endothermic, Heat of Combustion | Middle School

    Lesson Plan: Chemical Volcanoes - A Tale of Two Reactions

    In this lesson, students will use volcanoes as a vehicle to learn about the differences between endothermic and exothermic reactions by completing a hands-on activities and observing a teacher-led demonstration.

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

    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.

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

    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.

  • Combustion, Accuracy, Dimensional Analysis, Measurements, Calorimetry, Heat, Specific Heat, Temperature, Exothermic & Endothermic, Heat of Combustion, Law of Conservation of Energy, Bond Energy, Error Analysis | High School

    Lab: How Much Energy is in Your Snack Food?

    In this lab, students will find the amount of heat energy stored in foods and compare heat calories with food calories.

  • Interdisciplinary, Culminating Project, Balancing Equations, Combustion, Stoichiometry, Dimensional Analysis, Heat of Combustion | High School

    Lesson Plan: Redesigning a Car for the Environment

    Chemland’s city public transportation board has requested the class to help them determine the direction the city should move towards in reducing the carbon footprint. Students will be divided into groups and will come up with proposals of how to reduce the carbon footprint from carbon dioxide released from vehicles. The groups will represent different ways to reduce the carbon footprint via an alternative fuel source or a new technology. They will debate their findings to determine the direction that the city council should move towards to reduce the carbon footprint.

  • Balancing Equations, Combustion, Classification of Reactions, Heat of Combustion | High School

    Demonstration: Exploding Pumpkin

    In this demonstration, students will witness a chemical reaction create an explosion inside of a pumpkin. They will write balanced equations for the reactions that take place and will complete stoichiometry and thermochemistry calculations.

  • Specific Heat, Temperature, Heat of Combustion | High School

    Demonstration: Measuring Heat

    In this demonstration students will observe what happens to the temperature of water when different volumes of hot water are added and also when copper, the same temperature as the hot water is added.

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