Kinetic Theory and Gas Laws

The study of kinetic theory and the gas laws can present some conceptual challenges for students as they have to try and look at the relationships between gas properties on a macroscopic basis (P,V, T and m) as well as consider in places what is happening on a microscopic (particle) level. It's useful to make the distinction between the macroscopic and microscopic early in the teaching of these ideas so that students can become familiar switching between these with relative ease and confidence.

You could make two big signs labelled MACRO and MICRO to hold up when teaching this topic but less pantomime approaches to address the same challenge are possible.

This list contains lots of practical ideas here to help make this topic memorable and exciting for students

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