Kinetic Molecular Theory: What Can a Spray Can Teach Us About Chemistry?

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Ever left a can in a hot car and had it explode? Scholars complete an online simulation in which they choose the dependent and independent variables related to kinetic molecular theory. Then after a brief lecture, pupils complete an experiment using a balloon that relates temperature to pressure. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Relate the lesson to the atmospheric pressure reported with the weather
  • Show a video of a can exploding in the heat
Classroom Considerations

  • Follow all safety instructions when using a hotplate
  • Second in a series of four lessons
Pros

  • Highlights vocabulary and definitions in the student notebook
  • Reinforces proper experiment techniques including controlling variables
  • Provides extension activities
Cons

  • None