Grade Level

High School

Topics

Physics

Authors

Shannon ​Morey

Lesson Summary

This lesson asks students to apply an understanding of the relationship between temperature and the kinetic energy of particles and heat transfer. It also introduces students to the effects of climate change on corals.

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to: 

  • describe how thermal energy affects the kinetic energy of water molecules in the oceans.
  • explain how heat is transferred through radiative forcing.

 

Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:

SP4

MA Science and Technology/Engineering (2016):

HS-PS3-1, HS-PS3-2

NGSS (2013):

HS-PS3-2, HS-PS3-4

Common Core Math/Language Arts Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.7  

Tags

Coral, El Niño, Galapagos, average molecular kinetic energy, climate change, heat, radiative forcing, temperature, thermal energy

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