Gas Pressure in a Syringe

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Plunge into a gas pressure activity! Junior physical scientists manipulate a syringe to study the particle model of gases. The interactive invites investigations of particle movements in capped versus uncapped syringes.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Break out some inexpensive syringes and let students conduct similar trials before using the simulation
  • Ask pupils to describe why the plunger is pulled back into the capped syringe when they let go of it
Classroom Considerations

  • Discuss the properties of gases and gas particles to be sure pupils understand them before launching the interactive
Pros

  • A bright yellow arrow helps learners keep track of the direction of movement of the plunger
  • Options abound with a variety of user-controlled settings
Cons

  • None