5. V - Volume and Pressure

Umit Aslan, Nick LaGrassa
45 minutes
High School


This lesson introduces a computer model that allows them to change the location of one of the walls of the container, hence experiment with different volumes. They use this model to examine the relationships between container volume and pressure. Students use CODAP to collect data and then find a mathematical equation of the relationship between volume and pressure. They use the equation to make predictions about what the pressure will be for different volumes.

Underlying Pages


Next Generation Science Standards
  • Physical Science
    • [HS-PS2] Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • NGSS Crosscutting Concept
    • Patterns
    • Systems
    • Structure and Function
  • NGSS Practice
    • Analyzing Data
    • Constructing Explanations, Designing Solutions
    • Asking Questions, Defining Problems
    • Using Models
    • Arguing from Evidence
    • Conducting Investigations
Computational Thinking in STEM
  • Data Practices
    • Analyzing Data
    • Collecting Data
    • Creating Data
    • Manipulating Data
    • Visualizing Data
  • Modeling and Simulation Practices
    • Assessing Computational Models
    • Designing Computational Models
    • Using Computational Models to Find and Test Solutions
    • Using Computational Models to Understand a Concept
  • Computational Problem Solving Practices
    • Assessing Different Approaches/Solutions to a Problem
    • Computer Programming
    • Troubleshooting and Debugging
  • Systems Thinking Practices
    • Investigating a Complex System as a Whole
    • Thinking in Levels
    • Understanding the Relationships within a System





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