Under the Hood: The Chemistry of Cars

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Explore the cumbustion reactions driving the world's automobiles and the chemical solutions used to keep their engines cool with this fun instructional video.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Present this video during a chemistry lesson series on exothermic reactions or mixtures/solutions
  • Have students create and balance a chemical equation representing the combustion reactions in automobiles
  • Follow up a viewing of the video with an experiment investigating the properties of different ethylene glycol solutions
  • Use the video to introduce a science project in which students design a device to either maximize or minimize heat transfer in a system
Classroom Considerations
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Includes diagrams that support the content being presented
  • Uses academic language that is accessible to middle and high school students
  • Allows teachers to create customized lessons based on the video
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