A Cartesian Diver—Classic Chemistry Experiments

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Sometimes the simplest experiments leave the biggest impression! Introduce young chemists to the Cartesian Diver by having them make one of their own. Use the Diver to further their study of liquids and gases, as well as compression.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have individuals complete the model, then answer the questions found in the procedure
  • If time is a factor, make a Diver yourself and have the class brainstorm an explanation for its behavior when the bottle is squeezed
Classroom Considerations

  • Make sure you have enough pipettes and hex nuts for each pupil

Pros

  • The lab is easy to perform and clean up
  • Resource includes both a teacher and student copy
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS