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  • Is It Air or Wind?

    Book Chapter | May 2018

    This chapter features Physical sciences StEMT lessons. As humans, we live in a sea of air to the point that we forget the air is there. The lesson brings in some of our favorite hands-on activities. It starts with the…

  • Electricity in the air

    Book Chapter | January 2006

    This chapter is based on one of the theoretical problems given at the XXIV International Physics Olympiad. It is an actual application of physics to a real-world situation based on Gauss’s law—one of the most…

  • It’s in the Air

    Book Chapter | September 2011

    At first, you may think the particles are the result of pollution. While much of the particulate matter in the atmosphere is the result of humans polluting the air, there are also natural sources of particles. Wind-…

  • Air Quality

    Book Chapter | December 2016

    In this lesson, students will explore the relationship between tropospheric ozone and temperature and how human populations affect ozone levels. Disciplinary core ideas covered are weather and climate and human impacts…

  • Air Is Not Nothing

    Book Chapter | April 2016

    In this chapter, the objective of the activity “Moving Air” is to experience air’s mass and the force it can exert on objects. Chapters 1 and 2 are also included in this book selection. Chapter 1 focuses on science…

  • Air That Moves

    Book Chapter | May 2019

    This activity is for testing how different speeds of wind make objects move. In the activity, students hold their streamers in front of an electric fan. By changing the speed of the fan, have the students describe and…

  • Air Cannon

    Book Chapter | February 2019

    The guiding question for this activity is,“How can air be used to move something?” Large air cannons can be made or purchased for students to experiment with while waiting to create ones of their own. An explanation of…

  • Air Pressure

    Book Chapter | September 2014

    Gravity pulls the air molecules toward the ground, and the molecules push on the ground. This pushing is called air pressure or atmospheric pressure. In this chapter’s experiments, students will learn about air pressure…

  • Let’s Clear the Air

    Journal Article | January 2021

  • The bombs bursting in air

    Book Chapter | January 2006

    All of the scenarios presented in this chapter have similar solutions. The trajectory of any object can be analyzed (without air resistance) by recognizing that the horizontal and vertical motions are independent of one…

  • Do They Need Air?

    Book Chapter | September 2013

    The purpose of the assessment probe, in this chapter, is to elicit children’s ideas about needs of living things. The probe is designed to find out if students recognize that all animals need air to live, including…

  • Friction and Air Resistance

    Book Chapter | September 2014

    Friction is very common and experienced every day. It is a force that pushes on things and that you notice when two objects’ surfaces are in contact with each other. Air resistance is a force that occurs because moving…

  • Air Quality Science for All

    Journal Article | April 2021

  • Air Pollution and Environmental Equity

    Book Chapter | September 2011

    Airborne pollutants include “criteria” pollutants, such as ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and lead, and toxic pollutants like benzene and mercury. The Environmental…

  • Let's Try It Out in the Air

    Book Chapter | April 2012

    The lessons in this chapter challenge students' common misconception that air is "nothing." Using two engaging trade books with "stop-and-try-it" formats, students participate in activities, collect evidence, and…

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