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Chemistry: The Collapsing Can

Students observe methods by which air can crush aluminum cans. As water in the can boils and is sealed, the can collapses as it cools. When the procedure is reversed, the can expands to its original shape. After the alternate experiment, students conclude that when water is heated in boils and forms water vapors and that the can is crushed due to the low pressure of the partial vacuum inside it.

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Grade
4th - 5th
Subjects
Science
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Resource Type
Lesson Plans
Duration
1 hr
Instructional Strategy
Inquiry-Based Learning
Included Materials
  • Vocabulary

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