Recommended for grades 5–12.
The pressure of a gas is influenced by its volume, number of particles, and temperature. When you push a tire pump handle down, you increase pressure by decreasing volume. You can increase the pressure in a bicycle tire by adding air particles. And, the pressure may become dangerously high inside an “empty” hair-spray can if it is heated. In this contest, you will use a clean, dry container and what you know about gases in an attempt to produce the highest pressure.
In this experiment, you will
- Measure pressure.
- Apply your knowledge of gases.
- Have a little fun.
Sensors and Equipment
This experiment requires each of the following Vernier sensors and equipment (unless otherwise noted):
You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?
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The student-version preview includes:
- Step-by-step instructions for computer-based data collection
- List of materials and equipment
Note: The experiment preview of the computer edition does not include essential teacher information, safety tips, or sample data. Instructions for Logger Pro and other software (such as LabQuest App or TI handheld software, where available) are on the CD that accompanies the book. We strongly recommend that you purchase the book before performing experiments.
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