Diffusion: What Can Popcorn Teach Us About Diffusion?

This Diffusion: What Can Popcorn Teach Us About Diffusion? interactive also includes:

Why do some smells, like popcorn, linger when others seem to vanish as quickly as they arrive? Learners think through that concept then complete an online simulation to determine if temperature and/or mass affect diffusion. Next, pupils perform an experiment with agar to visually see diffusion. Finally, a creative assessment concludes the lesson. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • If you do not have enough computers for all to participate at once, have half of the class start with part one, the simulation, while the other half starts with part two, the experiment, then trade
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires updated versions of Adobe Acrobat
  • Each student or group of students needs access to a computer to complete the simulation
  • First in a four-part series
Pros
  • Connects chemistry, biology, and math
  • Assessment includes two choices, writing a paper or drawing a comic strip
  • Provides a Detective's Notebook for completing all activities, data collection, and analysis questions
Cons
  • None
NGSS