In this lesson students have a chance to start to explore gas laws though performing two different computer activities. In particular the goal is for them to begin to understand the relationships between pressure, volume, temperature, and number of particles. Additionally, students practice graphing the relationship between gases through a graphing activity.
For this lesson the only resource needed is access to computers.
I begin by prepping students for the lesson.
For the first part of the lesson I give students time to begin to think about the variables involved in gas behavior through performing two different computer activities on their Gas Laws Computer Activities paper.
1. Students are first doing a PhET activity where they are looking at the variables involved with gases by trying to get the top to pop off of the container.
2. For the second activity students are going onto a computer site that more directly tells them about the variables involved in gas laws and gives them the specifics about Boyle's Law.
For the last section of this lesson I had students perform a Gas Laws Graphing Activity.