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Author

Paleontological Research Institution

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Physics, Mathematics

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

Thermal Expansion & Sea Level Rise

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Synopsis
  • This video by the Paleontological Research Institution describes thermal expansion, how it can be measured experimentally, and how the equation can be used to answer important questions. 
  • It details how thermal expansion causes a significant amount of sea level rise with increasing temperatures. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This is a great video of a thermal expansion experiment and the speaker walks students through the equation at a good pace.
  • The graphs about sea level rise are impactful.

Additional Prerequisites

  • You may want to teach your students how to navigate between metric and imperial units.
  • If you decide to replicate this experiment in your lab you will need the appropriate materials ready beforehand.

Differentiation

Scientist Notes
This resource uses a simple experiment to demonstrate the principle of thermal expansion and apply it to the larger issue of sea level rise. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-5 Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Functions: Linear, Quadratic, & Exponential Models (9-12)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF.LE.B.5 Interpret the parameters in a linear or exponential function in terms of a context.
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