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To wrap up your year of general chemistry, have lab groups compete in a tot wire chemical vapor deposition (HWCVD) competition. With their foundation in chemical nomenclature, stoichiometry, and gas laws, each group completes several tasks to earn points. Tasks include building and diagramming molecular models, calculating molar masses, researching HWCDV on silane, and preparing a presentation. Both the student handouts and teacher's resources are user-friendly. This lesson is top-notch!
The stage is set for you to guide future physicists through three forceful activities about motion. In the first, learners experiment with rolling carts to discover how objects interact. In the second, they inspect images of an object in motion and graph the average speed over time to find the acceleration. Finally, they design and calibrate an inertial balance that could be used to measure weight in outer space. These challenges are followed by your selection of assessments.
Study polarized light with this lab exercise. Note that a CBL system, TI graphing calculators, TI light sensors, and polarizing filters are required. Learners graph the data and analyze it with the questions provided. Eight extension ideas follow for those who have the time or deeper interest in polarization.
A simple, single page assignment asks wave masters to record the wavelength of the x-rays coming from a powder diffractometer and perform calculations with it. Equations, energy level diagrams, and a periodic table are all included. Obviously you would need to have the lab instrument to fully carry out this activity with your class. If one is not available, you could simply assign x-ray wavelengths to your class to practice with. Relevant, but not as fun.
Although the title of this presentation is "Meeting Physics," it really is more focused on the scientific method and the reporting of data.Two slides define and break physics down into subdivisions, but they can be left out if you just need a simple presentation to teach scientific inquiry in any class. Topics touched upon include hypotheses, theory, accuracy, precision, and significant figures. The slides are not appealing visually, but the content is appropriate.
Students participate in a warm-up activity by attending a football match writing an account of who won the game. They discuss how their account could differ from someone else's account of the game. They discuss how different people's interpretations compares to historiography. They read three different accounts about Boyle and answer questions about their similarities and differences. They follow up with studying Newton and comparing him to Boyle.