Gas Stoichiometry: How Does an Airbag Work?

Airbags save lives ... and combining the Gas Laws and stoichiometry saves time. Find out how airbags inflate using a video from JFR Science. Topics covered include the Ideal Gas Law, standard temperature and pressure, and how to combine mathematical processes for ideal gases.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Incorporate the video into a Gas Laws unit to teach the Ideal Gas Law and related stoichiometry together
  • Show a short video of an airbag deploying and then deflating to create excitement around the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners should be well acquainted with both stoichiometry and Gas Laws concepts
  • The airbag example pulls viewers in and keeps their attention
  • Diagrams calculations to help pupils follow the steps
  • None
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