Distance Learning: Gas Laws

Aldon Corporation

In this activity, students will use the Innovating Science apparatuses and your temperature and pressure sensors to measure and plot the physical characteristics of a gas


Gases are for the most part invisible, and therefore cannot be observed as readily as a solid or a liquid. Because of this, they are often examined and analyzed through measurable physical characteristics such as volume, pressure, temperature, and moles (number of particles). These properties have simple, consistent mathematical relationships that led to the development of the gas laws (Boyle’s, Charles’s, and Gay-Lussac’s), and eventually the ideal gas law. By using these relationships you can determine the value of an unknown property based on the other three, or predict the effect that varying one component will have on the others. In this activity, students will use the Innovating Science apparatuses and your temperature and pressure sensors to measure and plot the physical characteristics of a gas. Kit contains an Instruction Manual and enough materials for 2 groups of students.

Aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*

Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.A; PS3.A; PS3.B

Performance Expectations: MS-PS1-4; HS-PS1-3; HS-PS3-2; HS-PS3-4

Cross Cutting Concepts: Cause and Effect; Patterns; Energy and Matter; Systems and System Models

Engineering Practices: Developing and Using Models; Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Kit Includes:

  • 2 Gas law demonstration apparatuses
  • 2 Rubber Stoppers, 2-hole
  • 2 Rubber Stoppers, 1-hole
  • 4 Styrofoam cups
  • 2 Plastic test tubes

*”Next Generation Science Standards” is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards was involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Methanol and Respirable crystalline silica, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive harm. For more information go to http://www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

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