Reflection: Real World Applications Smog in our Atmosphere - Section 1: Introduction


Chem Matters is a magazine for high school students created by the American Chemical Society. 

  • It is a great resource to use in the classroom because it has articles related to chemistry topics that are written specifically for students.  Each issue also has a teacher's guide that is helpful when coming up with how to use the articles in your classroom.  This is a copy of the teacher's guide for the issue that I used in this lesson. 
  • The magazine can be purchased for your classroom or you can access many of the articles online.  This is the link for the issue which I used for this lesson.
  • You can also access back issues online where you can search for articles based on specific topics.
  • Finally, when you access issues online there are often additional resources such as videos to accompany the reading.

  Real World Applications: Chem Matters Magazine
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Smog in our Atmosphere

Unit 6: Unit 7: Earth's Atmosphere
Lesson 8 of 9

Objective: Student will be able to define smog and discuss its impact on humans as demonstrated through class discussion, watching a video, performing a reading, and answering questions.

Big Idea: Smog is a mixture of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds that combine with sunlight to form ozone. Smog, which develops from behaviors such as burning coal and driving cars, can have a negative impact on human life.

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Science, Chemistry, climate, atmosphere (Science), Smog, Gases, radiation, Gas Laws, boyle's law, Charles' Law
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