Introduction To Netlogo: Rusting & Rates Of Reaction
Time: 1-2 periods (42 minutes each)
Level: High School level Chemistry (regular and honors)
OverviewStudents will use the rusting model to investigate the factors that affect the rate of rust formation. Each group selects a variable to investigate, analyze their results, make a conclusion, and present their findings to the class with evidence from their model. Acknowledgements Wilensky, U., Levy, S. T., & Novak, M. (2004). Connected Chemistry curriculum. http://ccl.northwestern.edu/curriculum/chemistry. Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
Students should know the parts of a chemical reaction and levels of emergent properties (submicroscopic, symbolic, and macroscopic).
Materials and Tools
Optional: rusted nails or other rusted objects.
Formative and Summative assessments can be used to measure student understanding. The student worksheet may be collected for completion, and/or each group can write a formal lab report. The students will design an experiment to test which factor will affect the rate of rusting. Each individual can write a final conclusion after each group presents their results.
Lab experiments and activities would extend the unit further.
- Physical Science
- [HS-PS1 ] Matter and its Interactions
Computational Thinking in STEM
- Modeling and Simulation Practices
- Assessing Computational Models
- Using Computational Models to Understand a Concept
- Data Practices
- Analyzing Data
- Visualizing Data