How Air Conditioning Works

In mid-July, most are thankful for the chemistry of air conditioning. Learn how those chemical processes create the cool air that makes those hot summer months more manageable! A lesson installment describes how an air conditioner uses chemicals to create a series of phase changes that cool hot air.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use snapshots of images from the video to create a notes document
  • Have learners compare the advantages and disadvantages of different chemical refrigerants
Classroom Considerations

  • Knowledge of motors and compressors is helpful

  • Emphasizes the chemical significance of the air-conditioning process
  • Provides links to resources to continue studying the topic

  • None