More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
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Applications of a Vacuum in Science
My students need a vacuum pump bell jar and plate to discover how an absence of air affects certain chemical and physical properties of matter, and the behavior of waves.
"Why can't we do that?!" is what I hear each time I show a video of better funded physics labs from larger schools, where they have more "specialty" instruments to demonstrate basic physics content.
The student live and go to our charter school in an urban area of Texas.
They come from middle-to-low income families; however, prevail through their lack of resources. They love learning through exploration, and are grateful for the resources we do have in our laboratory for them to use.
The bell jar and vacuum pump will give a real-time (real-life) demonstration on how the absence of air affects many different properties of matter and waves.
This set of instruments will be useful in demonstrating vacuum properties in both my chemistry and physics classes. It is also applicable to many different concepts in those specific areas, so, it will be used multiple times a year.
Having the instruments for this project will allow the students I have to be able to experience the use of specialty equipment that larger schools have that our charter school does not.
The bell jar vacuum is applied to both chemistry and physics courses, and the students will become proficient in its operation, and will better understand how vacuums effect the physical and chemical nature of matter.
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