# Middle School

## All Middle School Resources

**Baggie Chemistry**

Household chemicals mixed in a baggie produce dramatic results.**Boiling Point**

This model allows you to explore why polar and non-polar substances have very different boiling points.**Build and Test a Model Solar House**

Construct and test the energy efficiency and solar heat gain of a cardboard model house.**Ceramic Forces**

Explore what happens when a force is exerted on a ceramic material.**Charged and Neutral Atoms**

Explore the role of charge in interatomic interactions.**Comparing Dipole-Dipole to London Dispersion**

Investigate the difference in the attractive force between polar and non-polar molecules.**Comparing Motion to Trajectory with the Qualitative Grapher**

Gain insight into the difficulties students face in learning to interpret graphs**Competition**

Use a model to study the effect of a consumer (rabbits) on two species of producers (grass and weeds).**Describing Velocity**

Learn about velocity-time graphs and their connection to corresponding position-time graphs, and determine velocity during different intervals.**Dew Point**

Figure out the dew point temperature for your classroom.**Diffusion**

Investigate how the random motion and collisions of particles results in diffusion.**Diffusion Across a Semipermeable Membrane**

Explore the role of pore size in the diffusion of a substance across a membrane.**Diffusion and Molecular Mass**

Explore the role of a molecule's mass with respect to its diffusion rate.**Diffusion and Temperature**

Explore the role of temperature in the rate of diffusion of a substance.**Diffusion of a Drop**

Explore the random molecular motion of a dye in water.**DNA to Protein**

Explore how the code embedded in DNA is translated into a protein. Transcription of DNA and translation of mRNA are modeled.**Earthquakes Around the World**

In this activity you will use a computer model to investigate earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.**Evaporative Cooler**

How can the cooling effect of evaporating water be used for air conditioning?**Factors Affecting London Dispersion Attractions**

Explore the role of size and shape in the strength of London dispersion attractions.**Graphing Quadratic Equations**

Students learn to graph a quadratic equation using the coordinates of the vertex of a parabola and its x-intercepts.**Greenhouse Effect in a Greenhouse**

Relate changes in sunlight to the temperature of air trapped in a container.**Greenhouse Light and Temperature**

By using a temperature sensor, we can relate changes in sunlight to the temperature of the air being trapped in a container.**Heat and Light from Electricity**

How does energy change from one form to another?**How Fast Am I Moving?**

Investigate the relationship between slope and velocity on a position-time graph.**How Loud, How High?**

Explore the frequency, wavelength, amplitude and velocity of sound waves.**Hydrogen Bonds: A Special Type of Attraction**

Explore the polar molecule interactions known as hydrogen bonds.**Intermolecular Attractions and States of Matter**

Explore how states of matter are related to the strength of intermolecular attractions.**Launching a Satellite**

Study how to fire something into space.**Leaf Photosynthesis**

This NetLogo model of leaf photosynthesis shows the macroscopic outcome of the reaction.**Linear Equations: Points, Intercepts, and Slopes, Oh My!**

Students learn to graph lines using the x- and y-intercepts of equations, as well as how to graph a line when given an equation in point-slope form.**Linear Equations: Ski Slope**

Learn about the numeric representation of the slope of a line, including using rise and run to graph lines with a given slope.**Making Waves**

Investigate the creation of different wave shapes.**Maria's Run**

Show that the motion of objects can be described by position, direction of motion, and speed.**Meiosis**

Learn how meiosis and fertilization shuffle the alleles that offspring inherit.**Melting Ice**

What is the temperature of ice as it melts?**Metal Forces**

Explore what happens when a force is exerted on a metallic material.**Modeling Earth's Climate**

Examine climate data and models to explore what we might be able to predict about the Earth's future, and how sure we will be about it.**Modeling Transcription**

Explore how an mRNA copy is made of DNA.**Modeling Translation**

Explore how a protein is made from an mRNA sequence.**Molecular View of a Gas**

Explore the structure of a gas at the molecular level.**Molecular View of a Liquid**

Explore the structure of a liquid at the molecular level.**Molecular View of a Solid**

Explore the structure of a solid at the molecular level.**Motion on a Ramp**

Study the motion of an object as it moves up and down a ramp.**Motion Toward and Away**

Explore different ways of describing motion on a graph.**Mutations**

Explore how changing the DNA sequence can change the amino acid sequence of a protein.**Oil and Water**

Explore the interactions that cause water and oil to separate from a mixture.**Our Solar System**

Study the planets in our solar system using a computer model.**Pendulum**

Explore the factors that affect a pendulum's motion.**Pendulum and Spring**

Explore the motion of a pendulum suspended by a spring.**Phase Change**

Explore what happens at the molecular level during a phase change.**Plastic Forces**

Explore what happens when a force is exerted on a polymeric plastic material.**Polarity and Attractive Strength**

Explore the role of polarity in the strength of intermolecular attractions.**Protein Folding**

Explore how hydrophobic and hydrophilic interactions cause proteins to fold into specific shapes.**Quadratic Functions in Vertex Form**

Students learn to identify the vertex of a parabola from the vertex form of a quadratic function equation, and then graph the parabola.**Quadratic Word Problems Part 1**

Students solve two problems involving the motion of projectile objects, modeling the motion using quadratic equations.**Quadratic Word Problems Part 2**

Students solve two problems each involving the motion of projectile objects, modeling the motion using quadratic equations.**Radiant Energy Flow**

Explore the energy balance between incoming and outgoing radiation on the earth.**Relative Humidity Measurement**

Measure relative humidity in the air by comparing the wet bulb and dry bulb temperatures**Seeing Intermolecular Attractions**

Explore different types of attractions between molecules.**Seeing Motion**

Investigate simple, straight-line motion.**Solving Linear Equations with the Function Analyzer**

Reveal the connection between symbolic and graphic representations of equation solving**Spring and Mass**

Explore the factors that affect a spring's motion.**States of Matter**

How do the forces and attractions differ between the states of matter?**Sunlight, Infrared, CO2 and the Ground**

Explore how solar radiation interacts with Earth’s surface and atmosphere.**The Temperature-Pressure Relationship**

Explore the relationship between the temperature of a gas and the pressure it exerts on its container.**The Temperature-Volume Relationship**

Explore the relationship between the temperature of a gas and its volume.**The Volume-Pressure Relationship**

Investigate the relationship between the volume of a gas and the pressure it exerts on its container.**Tire Forces**

Explore what happens when a force is exerted on a rubber tire.**Was Galileo Right?**

Explore the effect of gravity on objects of various mass during free fall.**Weaving a Parabola Web with the Quadratic Transformer**

Explore how the graph of a quadratic function and its symbolic expression relate to each other**What is Pressure?**

Explore pressure at the atomic level.**y=mx+b**

Learn to graph a line using its slope and y-intercept, or to identify the slope and y-intercept from a linear equation written in slope-intercept form.