Physical Science through Inquiry Teacher Guide - PS-2843B

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Overview

At the heart of PASCO's Physical Science through Inquiry lab manual is a commitment to ensuring student learning through all phases of a lab activity.  Questions embedded throughout the activity, sequencing and key term challenges, opportunities to predict outcomes prior to data collection and post-lab multiple choice questions all help to make the connection between lectures and labs as seamless as possible. 

Over 29 lab activities are included and all of them can be edited to suit the needs of your students or to better coordinate with your classroom lectures.

Features

  • Activities covering mechanics, chemical reactions, properties of matter, energy transfer and geosphere.
  • "Key term challenge" increases vocabulary skills.
  • Students make predictions before collecting data to ensure they are engaged in the activity.
  • Multiple choice questions enforce understanding while preparing students for critical standardized exams.

Includes

  • Spiral Bound Teacher Binder with PDF versions of each activity and a wealth of resources
  • Editable Word files for each student version
  • Flash drive containing all information in electronic format
  • Experiments

    Chemical Reactions

    Endo vs Exothermic Reactions

    Use a fast response temperature sensor and absolute pressure sensor to obtain evidence of chemical reactions and to determine if the reactions are endothermic or exothermic.

    Evidence of Chemical Reaction

    Use a fast response temperature sensor to distinguish between physical changes and chemical reactions and identify unknown changes as either physical changes or chemical reactions using evidence to support your decision.

    Ecology

    Soil pH

    Use a pH sensor to determine the pH of three soil samples.

    Electricity and Magnetism

    Faraday's Law of Induction

    Use a voltage sensor to explore relationships between the electromotive force generated by passing a magnet through a coil and different parameters of the magnet and coil.

    Voltage Fruit Battery

    Use a voltage sensor to explore both the chemical and physical production of a potential difference.

    Force and Motion

    Acceleration

    Use a motion sensor to introduce the concept of representing motion as a change of position in a graphical form.

    Archimedes' Principle

    Use a force sensor to explore the relationship between the volume of fluid displaced by a submerged object and the buoyant force experienced by that submerged object.

    Conservation of Matter

    Use a balance to test the law of conservation of matter for both physical and chemical changes by finding the mass of the reactants before the chemicals react and the mass of the products after the reaction has occurred.

    Introduction to Force

    Use a force sensor to measure and experience contact forces, and some non-contact forces, in relation to gravity.

    Newton's First Law

    Use a motion sensor to determine the influence of force in the motion of an object, and that an object’s motion is unchanged in the absence of an external force.

    Newton's Second Law

    Use a force sensor and motion sensor to develop an understanding of the relationship between the net force applied to an object, the acceleration of the object, and the object's mass.

    Newton's Third Law

    Use two force sensors to observe the relationship between an action force and the resulting reaction force.

    Position Match Graph

    Use a motion sensor to introduce the concept of representing motion as a change of position in a graphical form.

    Speed and Velocity

    Use a motion sensor to test predictions of how the speed and velocity of a cart will differ.

    Geosphere

    Air Pollution & Acid Rain

    Use a pH sensor to determine the effect air pollutants (CO2, SO2, and NO2) have on the pH of water

    Insolation & the Seasons

    Use a fast response temperature sensor to determine the effect the angle of the sun has on the temperature of a given surface.

    Radiation Energy Transfer

    Use a temperature sensor to determine the effect the color of a container has on the temperature of water in the container as it is heated using radiant energy.

    Specific Heat: Sand vs Water

    Use a stainless steel temperature sensor to explore the effect energy has on the temperature of sand and water.

    Water: the Universal Solvent

    Use a conductivity sensor to measure the changes in conductivity of water as substances dissolve in it and to classify substances based on their ability to dissolve in water.

    Lab Skills

    Density

    Use a density set to determine that density is an intensive property of a substance independent of the shape or size of an object.

    Percent Oxygen in Air

    Use an absolute pressure sensor to learn about the components of air and how to determine the percent of oxygen in air.

    Significant Figures

    Use a four scale meter stick to determine the correct number of significant figures to include when reporting a measurement or a calculated value based upon measurements.

    Varying Reaction Rates

    Use a fast response temperature sensor to study how temperature affects chemical reaction rates.

    Structure and Properties of Matter

    Electrolyte & Non-Electrolyte

    Use a conductivity sensor to determine which substances in sports drinks (water, sugars, or salts) are electrolytes.

    Ionic & Covalent Compounds

    Use a conductivity sensor to determine if an unknown substance is an ionic, polar covalent, or non-polar covalent compound based on its physical properties.

    pH of Household Chemicals

    Use a pH sensor and common household chemicals to relate pH and hydronium ion (H3O+) concentration, classifying solutions as acidic, basic, or neutral.

    Thermodynamics

    Boyle's Law

    Use an absolute pressure sensor to observe the relationship between volume and pressure of an enclosed gas at constant temperature.

    Phase Change

    Use a fast response temperature sensor and stainless steel temperature sensor to determine how to add heat to a substance without the temperature of the substance increasing.

    Temperature vs Heat

    Use a temperature sensor to explore the relationship between heat transfer and temperature change in various substances.

    Buying Guide

    60280
    PS-2846
    Physical Science Standard Sensor Bundle
    1
    60279
    PS-2845
    Physical Science Starter Sensor Bundle
    1
    Recommended - One of the following

    Choose one.

    Physical Science Standard Sensor Bundle   PS-2846
    Physical Science Starter Sensor Bundle   PS-2845