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This item is a middle school lesson plan developed specifically for use with the PhET simulation "Gas Properties".   It provides step-by-step instructions for setting up the simulation in a computer lab and engaging students with a series of related questions and tasks.   Student worksheets are available in printable format and include graph construction/analysis.  This lesson won a PhET Gold Star for excellence.

This item is part of a larger collection of educational resources developed by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET).
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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Thermo & Stat Mech
- First Law
= Adiabatic Processes
= Isobaric Processes
= Isochoric Processes
= Isothermal Processes
- Kinetics and Dynamics
= Kinetic Theory
- Models
= Ideal Gas
- Thermal Properties of Matter
= Temperature
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Lesson/Lesson Plan
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- Physical Science
- Lesson Plan
- Activity
- Assessment
- New teachers
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Keywords:
Boyle's Law, First Law of thermodynamics, computer lab, conservation of energy, energy, heat, ideal gas, middle school, middle school lesson, thermodynamics
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Metadata instance created October 22, 2008 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated:
July 8, 2010 by Lyle Barbato
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July 1, 2008

This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


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

A lesson plan for middle school designed specifically for use with the PhET simulation "Gas Properties" (see link under "Activities" below).  Printable worksheets make this a turn-key 50-minute activity.  This item was a PhET Gold Star winner.

Links to Units:

Topic: Heat and Temperature
Unit Title: Teaching about Heat and Thermal Energy

A lesson plan for middle school designed specifically for use with the PhET simulation "Gas Properties" (see link in "Activities" below).  Printable worksheets make this a turn-key 50-minute activity.  This item was a PhET Gold Star winner.

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S. Borenstein, (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2008), WWW Document, (http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/3010).
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S. Borenstein, PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Gas Laws, (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2008), <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/3010>.
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Borenstein, S. (2008, July 1). PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Gas Laws. Retrieved October 20, 2014, from Physics Education Technology Project: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/3010
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Borenstein, Sarah. PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Gas Laws. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, July 1, 2008. http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/3010 (accessed 20 October 2014).
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Borenstein, Sarah. PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Gas Laws. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2008. 1 July 2008. 20 Oct. 2014 <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/3010>.
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@misc{ Author = "Sarah Borenstein", Title = {PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Gas Laws}, Publisher = {Physics Education Technology Project}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {20 October 2014}, Month = {July 1, 2008}, Year = {2008} }
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