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ERIC Number: EJ832498
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Imploding Soda Cans: From Demonstration to Guided-Inquiry Laboratory Activity
Eichler, Jack F.
Journal of Chemical Education, v86 n4 p472-474 Apr 2009
A guided-inquiry exercise conducted in both the lecture and laboratory components of a college introductory chemistry course for non-science majors is described. The exercise gave students the opportunity to independently determine the relationship between the temperature of water in an aluminum soda can and the intensity of implosion upon placing the can in ice water. Collaborative group work was used to create hypotheses, design the corresponding experiments, and complete the laboratory data collection; representative results from all three areas are summarized. This exercise effectively integrated activities in the lecture and laboratory, fostered student interest in chemistry, and immersed the students in the process of scientific inquiry. (Contains 1 list, 4 figures, and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A