EXPERIMENT TITLE: Music of the Spheres
CONCEPT(S): Transfer of energy. Effects of adding kinetic energy (heat or motion) on a material’s properties.
VIDEO SEGMENTS (click the links below to view):
LESSON PLAN: Lesson plan (PDF)
The American Chemical Society’s Lab Safety Guide (PDF)
NOVA: Secrets of the Samurai Sword deals beautifully with how medieval Japanese metal smiths determined the chemistry of metals long before atomic theory and crystalline structure were understood.
Teachers can also increase their own practice and understanding of materials by attending ASM International’s “Materials Camp”.
Flinn Scientific has a very useful Middle School Safety Contract (PDF) to review before conducting other experiments.