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written by Sarah Borenstein
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).
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Thermo & Stat Mech
- First Law
= Adiabatic Processes
= Isobaric Processes
= Isochoric Processes
= Isothermal Processes
- Kinetic and Diffusive Processes
= Kinetic Theory
- Models
= Ideal Gas
- Thermal Properties of Matter
= Temperature
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Lesson/Lesson Plan
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- application/java
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© 2008 University of Colorado at Boulder
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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:
August 18, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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S. Borenstein, (PhET, Boulder, 2008), WWW Document, (
S. Borenstein, PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Gas Laws (PhET, Boulder, 2008), <>.
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Borenstein, S. (2008, July 1). PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Gas Laws. Retrieved May 26, 2024, from PhET:
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Borenstein, Sarah. PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Gas Laws. Boulder: PhET, July 1, 2008. (accessed 26 May 2024).
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Borenstein, Sarah. PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Gas Laws. Boulder: PhET, 2008. 1 July 2008. 26 May 2024 <>.
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@misc{ Author = "Sarah Borenstein", Title = {PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Gas Laws}, Publisher = {PhET}, Volume = {2024}, Number = {26 May 2024}, Month = {July 1, 2008}, Year = {2008} }
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