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This multimedia instructional module features a visually rich way to tie together chemical reaction, combustion, and the nature of fire. It includes two short videos and four interactive Flash simulations that explore pyrotechnics, the science of fire, anatomy of fireworks, and the mechanics of lifting charge.
Editor's Note: This module addresses a number of national science standards in a fun and engaging way. The pyrotechnics section will spark discussion about chemical reactions, while the lesson on fireworks color will address interactions at an atomic level (specific color results when atoms of a certain element or combination of elements are energized by the firework's heat.)
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June 26, 2011
by Caroline Hall
July 3, 2015
by Caroline Hall
Last Update when Cataloged:
May 4, 2009
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)
3. The Nature of Technology
3A. Technology and Science
6-8: 3A/M3. Engineers, architects, and others who engage in design and technology use scientific knowledge to solve practical problems. They also usually have to take human values and limitations into account.
3B. Design and Systems
3-5: 3B/E2. Even a good design may fail. Sometimes steps can be taken ahead of time to reduce the likelihood of failure, but it cannot be entirely eliminated.
4. The Physical Setting
4D. The Structure of Matter
6-8: 4D/M6b. An important kind of reaction between substances involves the combination of oxygen with something else—as in burning or rusting.
6-8: 4D/M11. Substances react chemically in characteristic ways with other substances to form new substances with different characteristic properties.
9-12: 4D/H7b. An enormous variety of biological, chemical, and physical phenomena can be explained by changes in the arrangement and motion of atoms and molecules.
9-12: 4D/H9a. The rate of reactions among atoms and molecules depends on how often they encounter one another, which is affected by the concentration, pressure, and temperature of the reacting materials.
4E. Energy Transformations
9-12: 4E/H4. Chemical energy is associated with the configuration of atoms in molecules that make up a substance. Some changes of configuration require a net input of energy whereas others cause a net release.
11. Common Themes
6-8: 11B/M1. Models are often used to think about processes that happen too slowly, too quickly, or on too small a scale to observe directly. They are also used for processes that are too vast, too complex, or too dangerous to study.
6-8: 11B/M4. Simulations are often useful in modeling events and processes.
PBS Learning Media: Igniting Chemistry in Fireworks. (2009, May 4). Retrieved December 2, 2016, from WGBH Educational Foundation: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/phy03.sci.phys.matter.lp_fireworks/igniting-chemistry-in-fireworks/
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