There are two versions of each lab, one with a ten-question conclusion and one with directions for a full lab report. This way the teacher has the option! Each lab is two pages to allow for one two-sided handout.
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Here is an article titled “The Hidden Air Pollution in Our Homes”.
“These days, a ‘very unhealthy’ designation for outdoor air is rare. After the passage of the Clean Air Act, in 1963, and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, in 1970, the chemical composition of outdoor air became federally regulated, with penalties for polluters. Since the seventies, emissions of many harmful gases, such as carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide, have fallen by half, and particulate counts by eighty per cent. But this victory may be less significant than we assume, because, in America, we spend, on average, ninety per cent of our lives indoors. (By way of comparison, this means that humans spend more time inside buildings than sperm whales spend fully submerged in the ocean.) The statistic, from an E.P.A.-funded study conducted in 2001, might seem implausible, but it probably understates the case. More recent data, from the U.K., show that, on average, Britons are outside for just five per cent of the day—an hour and twelve minutes.
Unlike outdoor air, the air inside our homes is largely unregulated and has been all but ignored by researchers. “
This article is several pages and may be appropriate for a Homework assignment our Extra Credit assignment.
Also, examining the scientific processes used may be a helpful reminder to your students.
Terms (22) that are mentioned in the article reading include:
Clean Air Act, in 1963
Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality Index
House Observations of Microbial and Environmental
H.V.A.C. filtration systems
VOC (Volatile organic compound)
World Health Organization
These terms do not always use the IUPAC (International Union of Practical and Applied Chemists) naming system, so they may take more research to accurately find the proper names.
You may have your students define a select list of terms from the article.
Some past related blog posts include:
06/05/2016 Air Pollution in China
02/24/2017 Cleaner Cookstoves
12/15/2017 Edible Coffee Cup
12/14/18 London Killer Smog in 1952
*This Blog contains several entries that would be helpful to your chemistry classroom. Check out the Topic List to help you to find past Blog entries.
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