Ceramic Forces

Why are bricks more likely to break than bend? Young science scholars peer inside a ceramic block and examine the effects of downward force at the molecular level. Learners can apply three different levels of force before observing their effects on the model.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the resource to illustrate the properties of ionic solids and intermolecular forces
  • Ask class members to describe the behavior of the ceramic model when they apply different amounts of downward force
Classroom Considerations

  • The instructions shown in the About tab direct the user to another interactive that shows metallic forces; click here for this resource
  • Briefly discuss the composition of common ceramic substances before the class uses the resource

  • Teachers can step the simulation forward and backward, allowing pupils to examine individual interactions more closely
  • The atoms in the ceramic model exhibit realistic motion