Energy, Matter, and Organization: Combustion – Day 2

We continued our study of combustion with a review of why burning candles lose mass.  We watched a video in which Mr. Anderson describes not only the process of combustion but also the concept of Conservation of Mass.  At the end of the video, he mentions how neat a candle burning in the space shuttle looks, so I also included a video of the recent FLEX2 experiment aboard the International Space Station.  After the lesson, students completed a quiz connecting the concepts of combustion, cellular respiration, and photosynthesis.

Energy, Matter, and Organization: Combustion – Day 1

The lesson for Monday centered on the concept of combustion.  We dove into vocabulary about chemistry and even balanced an equation!  We then created a table comparing photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and combustion.  Because some classes were ready, we also discussed the combustion of paraffin wax in a burning candle.  Yesterday’s lesson can be viewed by clicking here.