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Understanding the Gas Laws

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This stand alone instructional resource contains a PowerPoint presentation that can be run in kiosk mode.  The lesson covers the four variables used to describe a gas, a description of the three gas laws, basic gas laws calculations, and real world examples of how these laws apply to every day situations.
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Material Type: Presentation
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Date Added to MERLOT: August 10, 2012
Date Modified in MERLOT: April 26, 2017
Submitter: Molly Turner
Keywords: Temperature, Volume, Gas Laws, Pressure


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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed
Mobile Platforms: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: PowerPoint 2003 or newer
Language: English
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Creative Commons: Creative Commons License
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Avatar for Marc Schulz
5 years ago

Marc Schulz (Teacher (K-12))

Well done. I really like the addition of the audio tracks in the quiz.  I also like how the students have an option to return back to a review poitn. This is omething that I plan to pt in when I re-edit my STaIR. Wondering if it may be benefical break the quiz up and place it trhoughout the lesson. Also wondering if there is anyone for you to recieve student performance on the quiz.

I also like the youtube integration.

Technical Remarks:

I took a few minute sto discover that there are certain spots on the buttons that will allow you to move on. I do like how you have to go through each button or at least to the last button before being allowed to move on.

Avatar for Charlene Patten
5 years ago

Charlene Patten (Student)

This is a great tool to help explain difficult content. I like that there is a mix of text and images. It alos provides a good mix of engagement including audio, video and assessment. This tool also does a great job of guiding comprehension and discovery. It did seem that the font was a little large and a bit colorful.  It became a little distracting. I like the connection to the "real world". I think this helps builds connections for students and touches on UDL and higher order of thinking.

Technical Remarks:

I found it difficult to click on some of the text boxes.  You had to click on the outside button area for it to link to the next page. I also fund myself a little lost at some points, trying to figure where to go next.

Time spent reviewing site: 25mins

Avatar for Brad VanBeek
5 years ago

Brad VanBeek (Teacher (K-12))

I think you did a great job with information that can be hard to understand.  I like the fact that it wasn't all simply having to use formulas, but that you also gave real world examples.  There was a lot of information and a lot of reading.  I did get a little overwhelmed at times with all the reading.

Technical Remarks:

I thought everything worked fine. I was able to move around the presentation easily.  I could also go back when I needed to in order to review.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes

Avatar for Brian Stukey
5 years ago

Brian Stukey (Teacher (K-12))

Overall, the whole assigment was very engaging.  The layout and "look" were good and kept me interested.  There was a very nice mix of text and diagrams.  I think that will help with a diverse set of learners.  The sound effects were great and they made the whole experience that much better.  I liked the mix of multiple choice questions and the questions that required the students to formulate their own answers.  Having the "why" following the questions is always very helpful and is something I appreciated.

Technical Remarks:

I would have liked to have been able to go back a slide or two, but that wasn't that big of an issue.  Perhaps having a  couple more links throughout that would have allowed navigation back to the different laws might be nice.  With that said, no big issues.

Time spent reviewing site: 30

Avatar for Jean Sullivan
5 years ago

Jean Sullivan (Teacher (K-12))

This is a very nice presentation that I feel High School students would enjoy while they are learning the laws of gas.  Many instructional forms were offered for the visual and kinesthesia learners with diagrams, pictures and equations. 

Technical Remarks:

The presentation started out with four buttons displayed that were easy to navigate.  You may want to tell the students they need to explore in order from left to right since the last one (Amount of gas) is the only one that will take you on to the gas laws. This also happened on your second set of buttons - gas laws.   I actually clicked Gay-Lussac's button first and could not get back to the gas laws until the caculation slide that gave me a choice to click back to gas laws or quiz. Very nice choice of colors and the organization of information and buttons.

Time spent reviewing site: 40 minutes
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Avatar for Natalie Saunders
5 years ago

Natalie Saunders (Teacher (K-12))

This StAIR module, “Investigating the Variables of a Gas” was very engaging and entertaining to me.  I think what made it that way was due to the type of format, colors and sounds used. This module had a nice flow to it. However, there was a few times I wanted to go back and re-read something and I couldn’t. I think it would have been nice to have a back key, as well as maybe a home page of some sort. I like how as the participator/student I had a choice of which variable I wanted to start with.  This has a huge influence on kids, knowing they kind of have a say.  Nonetheless, if I were to have started with the Amount of Gas first, I would have clicked the “next button” and missed the other variables. Just something to think about.  I knew I could go back, but would your students know that? I really enjoyed the examples displayed within the presentation, along with the diagram/pictures.  Furthermore, I liked how there was videos provided.  Could you have embedded those in your presentation? What if a student didn’t have internet access?  Overall, I really enjoyed this presentation. It was well-thought out, engaging, entertaining, colorful, had an easy flow and provided lots of differentiation. (Activity at the end on the wiki site (wasn’t able to access…but great idea), examples, videos, asking questions and providing feedback, etc.)

Technical Remarks:

I give you an A++++ for the technical remarks. I loved your sound effects. You really got me excited when music started playing from the very beginning.  You didn’t just use sound effects, you used lines from movies that your students would recognize. (i.e. Napoleon Dynamite and Billy Madison.) Kids love these things. Even as a teacher, I love it! Haha… I wanted to get a few answers wrong just so I could hear what clip you would have. haha...however, there wasn't a sound effect for all incorrect answers. I also liked how you had the “Ping-Pong” sound effect and picture provided for the example, as well as the “air bubbles”…this seemed to make me stay engaged.  Please note I did run into a few things or have a few suggestions.  I already stated some in my comments section, but I think there needs to be a back button and a home button of some sort.  I also had to really move my arrow around to find the “hand” in order to click and go on…it was like my mouse had to be at an exact position, not much moving space. In addition, I was not able to access your wikipage, for the “YOUR TURN” portion at the end.   I would ponder the thought about possible providing a hint of some sort on the slides that students get incorrectly.  Have them go back, but maybe drop a hint/fact/question to get brain thinking/flowing.  All in all, I loved this presentation and want to thank you for teaching me the four variables used to describe a gas, definitions of the gases and laws, how to make out calculations, etc.  You did a fantastic job!  

Time spent reviewing site: approx. 35 minutes

Avatar for Ariel Myers
5 years ago

Ariel Myers (Student)

This stand alone kiosk would be great for any one who wants to learn about Gas Laws. I enjoyed how it started out with music playing in the beginning of the activity. This is a great instrinsic motivator and will definitely get students excited to learn. There are also many sounds that appear to be from movies that students will also enjoy! I thought that this presentation was supported with many real world scenarios. Students were expected to create their own tool after learning about the Gas Laws and apply it to what they just learned. I like the idea having hands-on activities within this experience as well. I think that this activity includes many forms of differentiated instruction. It includes videos, questions, an engaging activity and a lesson they need to complete on a Wiki site. I believe that this Kiosk would be a great way to futher learning about Gas Laws to any students at that level.

Technical Remarks:

A few technical issues that I experienced during my time viewing this kiosk was a broken link and continuing to the next slide. When moving throughout the kiosk, I had to make sure that my mouse was in a specific spot in order to click the the objects I wanted in order to move on. Another problem I ran into was being unable to access the Wiki link. I tried the link on two different computers and still could not access it. Maybe it was my internet connection or a glitch on my end, but I wish I was able to view the wiki! Overall, I really enjoyed this presentation!

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes - reviewed on two different computers
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Avatar for Alicia Truitt
5 years ago

Alicia Truitt (Teacher (K-12))

This presentation on the gas laws is a great resource for the classroom.  There are so many fun aspects to it that will keep any student in middle school or high school excited about completing it.  There is catchy music in the beginning to get the student excited for learning and then funny sounds from famous movies when a student gets a question correct or incorrect.  This is a great way to keep them interested in the activity.  There are many real-world examples that students can relate to as well.  This activity seems to be a support lesson that is given after these laws have already been introduced.  It is a great way to review and further their learning.  At the end of the presentation, students need to create an item and them apply the gas laws to it.  The presentation is made for a variety of learners.  It is differentiated in many different ways: videos, music, sounds, text, and pictures.  Students can experience the gas laws in many different scenarios and contexts.

Technical Remarks:

This is a well-made presentation where students can choose their own path for learning.  They get to choose which gas laws they want to learn about and then they have the option of going back to review before they take a quiz.  The videos are great (one of which is from one of my co-workers) and they reinforce the principles at hand.  This presentation is easily navigated and the options are clearly listed.  Sometimes the buttons are hard to hit if there is wording in the center.  Make sure that the mouse is not on the words in order to click ahead.  Overall, this presentation is catchy and definitely made with students in mind.

Time spent reviewing site: I spent about 25 minutes going through the presentation and its videos.