Lesson 3

Materials: large plastic containers, push pins and water source.
Children use play, observation, metaphors and a puzzle to explore the idea of pressure.
Using simulations and videos, students reinforce their understanding
of the behavior of particles in solids, liquids and gases.

1 What did you do last time? 2 condensation state evaporate freeze boil melt PRINT the word next
to the image on the next slide.
Chem - L3 boi fre eva mel sta con
4 Let’s explore water, a liquid. Punch
a second hole
about 3 inches
(about 7 cm)
above the first.
water Punch the lowest hole
at least 1 inch (2.5 cm)
from the bottom.
You will need: Punch
two holes
in the carton.
push pin one gallon (4 L)
plastic carton
1 2 3
5 What do you predict? shoot out, What will happen when you
fill the milk carton with water?
flow smoothly, dribble and blurp? Will it:
6 What might go wrong? Click here. Things will not work if:
1. The holes are not the same size
or not punched completely through.
2. The bottom hole is not punched
on the flat edge of the carton.
3. The bottle cap is left ON the carton.
4. The carton is not lifted off the ground,
so the result is not obvious.
Fill the milk carton with water.
Do this either outside or in your bathtub.
Lift the carton off the ground to see clearly.

What happens?
NO CAP! You should see this. Did the water come out the bottom
and top holes in the same way?
There is more PRESSURE on the water
in the bottom of the carton
from all the water above it,
so it squirts out straighter and farther.
PRESSURE! WHY does the lower stream
shoot out the farthest?
8 To understand PRESSURE, ask yourself this question: You are "squished" more
if you are on the bottom.

The children on
the bottom are under
than the child on the top.
Where would you rather be --
on the TOP or
on the BOTTOM?
9 PRESSURE So it is with the water.

The water in the bottom of the bottle
is under greater PRESSURE from above.

So the water on the bottom
is squeezed harder and shoots out farther.
10 There are 4 water fountains in a row. The fountains are all connected to one main water line. Does the main water line come in
at A
or B
or C
The water fountains at each end
do not deliver much water
when the two in the middle
are in use.
11 SIMULATION: PRESSURE! 1. Does adding in molecules or atoms using the bicycle pump raise or lower the pressure?

2. Does adding more and more heat raise or lower the pressure?

3. Does adding more and more molecules or atoms with the bicycle pump increase the temperature or only the pressure?
FIRST click
on Electra.
THEN select
the red button.
While pumping and heating,
watch the gauges!
1. As the particles become a gas,
it raises the pressure.
2. As the particles become a gas,
it raises the pressure.
3. The temperature rises immediately. The pressure only begins to rise
as particles become a gas.
12 States of Matter Eureka! Liquids Eureka! Solids 13 In the closed chamber,
as you increased the
pressure of a gas, you also
What fills the
container it is in
Going from a gas to a liquid is called Going from a solid
to a liquid is called
1 2 3 4 5 Slowly going from a liquid
to a gas is called
melting raised the temperature a gas condensation evaporation

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Complies with NGSS:

NGSS 2. Structure and Properties of Matter
2-PS1-1, 2-PS1-2, 2-PS1-3, 2-PS1-4

Core Disciplinary Ideas:
PS1.A Structure and Properties of Matter
PS1.B Chemical Reactions

Chemistry: Solids, Liquids and Gases
Capture a CO2 explosion
Squeeze an egg into a bottle
Grow crystals
Make candles
Freeze liquids into solids
Dissolve and filter solids
Dye a flower from the inside out
Change states of matter