Reflection: Complex Tasks Phase Change and Behavior of Gases - Section 3: Day 1: Explore


Educational games and simulations have been found to be effective in motivating students to learn. They help students to correct errors and misconceptions in their thinking by allowing them to test out hypotheses. Simulations can enable students to develop familiarity with an activity before they engage in it. In this activity, students use a PhET simulation to make sense of the relationship between the temperature, volume pressure of gasses. In the video below one of students reflects on how the simulation helped him to make sense of these complex ideas. 

  Using computer simulations to make sense of science phenomena
  Complex Tasks: Using computer simulations to make sense of science phenomena
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Phase Change and Behavior of Gases

Unit 2: Effects of Heat Energy Transfers on Earth's Atmosphere
Lesson 7 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a gas when thermal energy is added or removed.

Big Idea: Use this lesson to explore how the properties of gases depend on the behavior of the particles involved. Students will love playing with the simulation.

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Science, gas (Physics), pressure (Gas Properties), volume (Gases), temperature (Thermodynamics), Gas Laws, Air Pressure, CER, PEOE, simulation, probe
  135 minutes
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