Driving or Multi-dimensional Question:
How does an air conditioning system work, and how are thermal energy and temperature involved? To demonstrate content mastery, students will build a cooling system with the concepts of heat and temperature—and defend the efficiency of the model they’ve built.
Students will be posed with the world problem of cooling units. Students will build models of cooling units based on the concepts of thermal energy and temperature. As extension the Upper Cumberland Electric Company (or your local power company) will test the units to see how much power is being used.
CHEM1.PS3: Energy 1) Contrast the concepts of temperature and heat in macroscopic and microscopic terms. Understand that thermal energy is a form of energy and temperature is a measure of average kinetic energy of a group of particles.
M2.A.CED.A.1 Create equations and inequalities in one variable and use them to solve problems.
A1.S.ID.A.1 Represent single or multiple data sets with dot plots, histograms, stem plots (stem and leaf) and box plots.
ELA and Other Standards:
11-12.L.KL.3 Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening; consult references for guidance; and apply an understanding of syntax to the study of complex texts
Created By: Sally Rodgers and Isaac Vincent
Grade Level or Subject: Chemistry
Tennessee Academic Standards for Science Connection
Disciplinary Core Idea: Contrast the Concepts of Temperature and Heat
Science and Engineering Practices: Plan and Carry out Controlled Investigations
Cross Cutting Concepts: Energy and Matter
21st Century Skills
- Critical Thinking
- Communication Skills
- Collaboration (Team Building)
- Creativity and Innovation
For more information on this lesson please see the Lesson Resources below
|Activities||Resources and Materials|
The Three Phases of Matter:
Jig Saw Activity:
States of Matter:
Temperature v. Heat:
Heating and Air:
Heat of Water Lab Exercise:
Freezing Point Lab Exercise:
|Activities Five & Six||
• Styrofoam coolers
• Duct tape
• Duct work
• Cardboard boxes
• Heavy duty trash bags
• Any other items students want to include
Local Power Company Visit:
Local Power Company Representative
|Business Partner||Contribution to Learning Experience||Contact Information|
|Upper Cumberland Electric Corporation||Present real electricity concerns for Jackson County. Test the cooling units.||Chris Sailing, 931-268-2123|
|Your Local Power Company||Present real electricity concerns for your specific area. Test the cooling units.||https://www.tva.com/Energy/Public-Power-Partnerships/Local-Power-Companies|
|Thorton Heating and Cooling||Supplies and professional information on cooling systems||Amanda Thornton firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Superior Heating and Cooling||Supplies and professional information on cooling systems||Jeff Smallwood 931-260-1876|
Students will present the model of the cooling system they design and build.