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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.  The interactive labs are designed to promote inquiry in an entertaining, yet mentally challenging format.  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 the Astrophysics Science Project Integrating Research & Education collection of Java-based labs for middle school and high school. See Related items on this page for a link to the full collection.

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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.

This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Particles and Interactions and the Standard Model
Unit Title: Properties of Matter

Here are 3 interactive labs designed to promote inquiry in an entertaining, yet mentally challenging format.  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.

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Topic: Heat and Temperature
Unit Title: The Relationship Between Heat and Temperature

A great way to help students understand the relationship between heat and temperature is with a look at the behavior of gases in closed containers.  This set of 3 Java-based labs for grades 7-9 is fun and interactive, yet also meets rigorous standards.  Complete lesson plans are included.  Try teaming it with the PhET Gas Properties simulation.

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This is the full collection of interactive Java-based lessons and activities by the authors.  Half are related to Astronomy and half are related to general physics.

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Covers the Same Topic As PhET Simulation: Gas Properties

An interactive simulation by the Physics Education Technology Project (PhET) on the same topic.  Students can control volume and temperature as they pump gas molecules into a closed container.

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