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This resource is a set of three web-based labs for grades 7-9 relating volume, temperature, and pressure of a contained gas.  Lab 1 investigates the effect of volume changes on the pressure of a confined gas at constant temperature.  Lab 2 explores the effect of temperature changes on a confined gas held at constant volume.   Lab 3 investigates the relationship between volume and temperature.   Detailed lesson plans with objectives and assessment ideas are included.

This item is part of a larger collection of interactive Java labs developed for use in middle school and high school.  See Related items on this page for a link to the full collection.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Modern Physics
- Atomic Physics
Thermo & Stat Mech
- Models
= Ideal Gas
- Thermal Properties of Matter
= Pressure
= Temperature
- Middle School
- High School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Lesson/Lesson Plan
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- Educators
- application/java
- text/html
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© 1997 The University of Utah
Boyle, Boyle's Law, Interactive labs, gas properties, gas volume, heat, temperature
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

4. The Physical Setting

4D. The Structure of Matter
  • 6-8: 4D/M3ab. Atoms and molecules are perpetually in motion. Increased temperature means greater average energy of motion, so most substances expand when heated.
  • 6-8: 4D/M3cd. In solids, the atoms or molecules are closely locked in position and can only vibrate. In liquids, they have higher energy, are more loosely connected, and can slide past one another; some molecules may get enough energy to escape into a gas. In gases, the atoms or molecules have still more energy and are free of one another except during occasional collisions.
  • 6-8: 4D/M8. Most substances can exist as a solid, liquid, or gas depending on temperature.

11. Common Themes

11B. Models
  • 6-8: 11B/M4. Simulations are often useful in modeling events and processes.
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