Classroom Resources: Gases


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  • Gas Laws, Pressure, Volume | High School

    Lab: Deriving the Gas Laws

    In this lab, students will investigate the relationships of the variables related to gases. They will draw particle diagrams and derive equations to express these relationships. They will then combine these relationships to derive the combined gas law and the ideal gas law. Finally, they will use the molar volume of a gas at STP to derive the ideal gas constant, R.

  • Gas Laws, Pressure, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Volume | High School

    Demonstration: Inflate and Shrink Wrap a Student

    In this demonstration, students will observe two situations. First a student will be lifted off the desk as other students blow air into straws connected to a garbage bag in order to inflate it. Secondly, the class will observe a garbage bag shrink wrapping a student as a vacuum removes air from the bag.

  • Gas Laws, Pressure, History, Volume | High School, Middle School

    Activity: Robert Boyle Video Questions

    In this activity, students will watch a video and answer questions about Robert Boyle. They will learn about his impact in chemistry, including Boyle’s Law which describes the relationship between pressure and volume of a gas.

  • Gas Laws, Pressure, History, Volume | High School, Middle School, Elementary School

    Video: Robert Boyle Video

    This video tells the story of Robert Boyle, a great chemist and discoverer of Boyle's Law, which describes the relationship between pressure and volume of a gas.

  • Temperature, Gas Laws, Pressure, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Volume | High School, Middle School

    Animation: Gases Animation

    In this animation, students will visualize how volume, temperature, and quality of a gas are related. This is done qualitatively and quantitatively. **This video has no audio**

  • Temperature, Gas Laws, Pressure, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Ideal Gas, Volume | High School

    Activity: Understanding Gas Laws

    In this activity, students use an online program to investigate gas laws.

  • Temperature, Gas Laws, Pressure, Volume | High School

    Lab: Three Station Gas Lab

    In this lab, students will investigate relationships of variables involved with gases. They will draw pictures and explain in words what they observe and why.

  • Density, Temperature, Sublimation, Gas Laws, Density, Pressure, Phase Changes, Interdisciplinary, Physical Change, Mole Concept, Dimensional Analysis, Measurements, Ideal Gas, Volume | High School

    Demonstration: Ideal Gas Law using Carbon Dioxide

    In this demonstration, students observe dry ice sublime while the CO2 gas fills a balloon. They then calculate the moles and volume of CO2 produced.

  • Density, Temperature, Chemical Change, Gas Laws, Density, Pressure, Balancing Equations, Stoichiometry, Chemical Change, Dimensional Analysis, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Ideal Gas, Volume, Graphing | High School

    Lesson Plan: The Gas Laws 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 Gas Laws to your students.

  • Density, Temperature, Gas Laws, Density, Pressure, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Ideal Gas, Scientific Method, Volume, Experimental Design | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Hot Air Balloon

    In this activity, students use their knowledge of Charles’ law to build a hot air balloon and evaluate its design.

  • Temperature, Gas Laws, Density, Pressure, Volume | High School

    Lesson Plan: Gases Unit Plan

    In this lesson, students will investigate gases similar to how scientists learned about them “back in the day.” Students begin by investigating gas behavior, then they investigate gas density and use this to interpret Avogadro’s hypothesis that gases under the same conditions combine in simple whole number ratios.

  • Temperature, Gas Laws, Pressure, Molecular Motion, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Intermolecular Forces, Volume | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Gas Pressure

    In this lab, students will understand what causes pressure in a container and the variables that affect pressure (volume, temperature, number of moles) by mimicking molecular motion of gases.

  • Temperature, Gas Laws, Pressure, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Volume, Graphing | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Simulation Activity: Gas Laws

    In this simulation, students will investigate three of the fundamental gas laws, including Boyle’s Law, Charles’ Law and Gay-Lussac’s Law. Students will have the opportunity to visually examine the effect of changing the associated variables of pressure, volume, or temperature in each situation. Also, students will analyze the gas samples at the particle level as well as manipulate quantitative data in each scenario. Finally students will interpret trends in the data by examining the graph associated with each of the gas laws. This lesson accompanies the simulation from the November 2015 issue of Chemistry Solutions.

  • Temperature, Gas Laws, Pressure, Molecular Motion, Kinetic Molecular Theory, SI Units, Volume | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Simulation Activity: Gas Law Variables

    In this simulation, students investigate variables of a gas. From the computer models, they can see how pressure, temperature, and volume effect gas behavior.

  • Density, Temperature, Density, Pressure, Measurements, Volume, Error Analysis, Error Analysis | High School

    Lab: Gas Density and Relative Molecular Mass

    In this lab, students will quantitatively determine the densities of four gases.

  • Temperature, Gas Laws, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Ideal Gas, Volume, Accuracy, Graphing, Error Analysis | High School

    Lab: Finding Absolute Zero

    In this lab, students will experimentally determine the value for absolute zero in degrees Celsius.

  • Temperature, Gas Laws, Pressure, Volume, Graphing | High School

    Lab: Exploring Gases

    In this lab, students will investigate the relationship between the variables of temperature, volume and pressure. Students will engage in three lab station activities that each demonstrate a particular gas law. Students will interpret the results, graph data points and relate given data sets to each of the three gas laws.

  • Observations, Density, Temperature, Gas Laws, Density, Pressure, Measurements, Matter, Volume, Graphing | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Pressure Bottle

    In this lab, students determine the relationship between volume and pressure of a gas and its temperature and address the common misconception that air does not have mass or density.

  • Renewable Energy, Pressure, Conservation of Mass, Chemical Change, Volume | High School, Middle School

    Lab: Power That Stinks

    In this lab, students will experiment with creating and capturing biogas, and have an opportunity to look at how energy is created from waste. They will explore the differences between non-renewable and renewable energy sources.

  • Temperature, Gas Laws, Pressure, Volume | Middle School, Elementary School, High School

    Demonstration: Egg-citing Gas Laws

    In this demonstration, students will observe how changing the temperature of a gas will affect the pressure of the gas through an engaging demonstration using a heat source, water vapor and a hard-boiled egg.

  • Separating Mixtures, Physical Properties, Temperature, Sublimation, Gas Laws, Pressure, Phase Changes, Physical Change, Review, Distillation, Boiling Point, Volume, Mixtures | High School

    Activity: Physical Properties

    In this study game, students will review topics including the scientific method and states of matter.

  • Temperature, Gas Laws, Pressure, Volume | Middle School, High School

    Demonstration: Crush the Can

    In this demonstration, students will analyze how the change in temperature of a gas can affect the pressure and volume of the gas. Students will watch an engaging demonstration involving a heat source, water vapor and an empty soda can.

  • Density, Molecular Motion, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Entropy, Intermolecular Forces, Volume | High School

    Activity: Connecting States to Entropy

    In this activity, students use blocks to model different states of matter and the Kinetic Molecular Theory to understand the concept of entropy. This is a concept mandated by SAT level or AP level high school chemistry class.

  • Physical Properties, Gas Laws, Pressure, Ideal Gas, Volume, Graphing, Error Analysis | High School

    Lab: Boyle's Law

    In this lab, students stack books on top of a closed syringe and use the volume change to determine the mass of the books.

  • Temperature, Gas Laws, Pressure, Volume | Middle School, High School

    Demonstration: Balloon and Flask

    In this demo, students will witness the relationship between temperature and volume as well as temperature and pressure.

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