Can Gravity Push Something Up?

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How does a hot air balloon fly? An experimental lesson has scholars build a balloon from a garbage bag and monitor the movement of air. As the temperature of the air in the balloon increases, gravity moves the denser cool air down, causing the balloon to rise.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Build different sizes of balloons to observe the different rates of movement
Classroom Considerations

  • Best if done outdoors to allow room for the balloon to move
  • Requires an understanding of the movement of gas molecules
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Pros

  • Uses easily obtainable materials
  • Includes step-by-step instructions for pupils to follow
Cons

  • None
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