The 400m Event—Chemistry and Sport

How do Olympic runners succeed in physically demanding events like the 400-meter dash? Physiology scholars explore the relationship between acids, bases, and the muscular system through a scenario-driven activity. The lesson focuses on the anaerobic processes that occur in the body when it's pushed to the limit and how the body responds accordingly.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Set the stage for an exciting lesson by showing a video clip of a 400-meter dash before introducing the topic
  • Ask the class to brainstorm other physical activities that could produce similar reactions within the body
Classroom Considerations

  • Answers to the worksheet questions are at the end of the presentation, so consider having the class work and then check their answers
  • If pupils haven't learned about aerobic and anaerobic processes within the body, take some time to cover these concepts before the activity

  • The resource includes all the materials needed to execute a highly engaging lesson
  • Activity encourages students to develop an understanding of the connection between life science and physical science

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