San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
WORKSHOP LEADERS: Donghong Sun and Tammy Gwara (Chemistry Teachers, Trinity School, New York, NY)
The gas laws are usually presented in chemistry textbooks as a set of equations. Students are then required to memorize these equations and plug in numbers to solve problems. In this workshop, you will gain direct experience with Modeling Instruction – a process through which students can reach understanding of the gas laws as proportional relationships by interpreting experimental results and building graphical representations of a particle view of gas behavior. Students can then apply their proportional reasoning skills in other areas of study and in real life.
We will be collecting and analyzing data (in “student mode”) in three experiments to develop the relationships between gas pressure and the volume, the number of particles, and the temperature. These relationships will be interpreted and represented by drawing particle diagrams based on our understanding of particle behavior of gases. We will then apply these relationships to solve problems by beginning with the meaning of proportional relationships, rather than by simply plugging numbers into a set of equations. Finally, in “teacher mode,” we will critique and discuss our experience and the classroom/pedagogical implications
Please bring a laptop if possible and install the data analysis software (Vernier Logger Pro) ahead of time. After you have registered for this workshop, we will send you the links and passwords required to download and install the software.
This workshop uses the Modeling Instruction approach and is a sample of the upcoming intensive 3-week Summer 2014 Chemistry Modeling Instruction Workshop (Dates are Monday July 21 through Friday, August 8. Register Kfor the summer workshop at: ).
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