Why Can Warm Air "Hold" More Moisture than Cold Air?—Vapor Pressure Exercise

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Does it feel a little humid in here? Learners assume the role of water vapor in the atmosphere as they explore the differences between warm and cold air. They roll dice to determine their level of energy, which determines if they stay water or become vapor. As the temperature rises, the number of dice they roll increases.

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Instructional Ideas

  • As an assessment, ask pupils to explain why warmer air holds more moisture than cold air
  • Includes a discussion of the change in humidity through the year as seasons change
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects an understanding of the motion of gas atoms and molecules
Pros

  • Provides information for finding necessary materials
  • Includes reference to additional activities on the same topic
Cons

  • None
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