This week I tried a new Boyle's Law activity where my students made a DIY lung system out of balloons, straws, and a plastic bottle. Upon conclusion of this activity, I leverage unused fetal pigs from biology class dissections earlier in the year to demonstrate how their DIY systems are similar to structures found in real organisms. Additionally, I discussed topics such as intubation, pulmonary surfactant, and complexities associated with the use of ventilators in treating advanced COVID. There are so many applications of the Ideal Gas Law and I am somewhat embarrassed that it has taken me 22 years of teaching chemistry to finally dive into relating gas behavior to the process we all do everyday, all day: breathing. See media taken from the past two days of class below.
I'm having a great time using Padlet, and the automatically generated QR code provided, to facilitate quick video analysis (often in slow motion) of student work in the laboratory. Below is a screenshot of the handout used for the assignment
Recently I have been exploring ways of using ChatGPT and p5.js together to create animations formy physics and chemistry classes. Below is my first attempt at generating a code for a bouncing ball in ChatGPT then using p5.js to model the code. In the future I would like to generate position, velocity, and acceleration vs. time graphs within the animation, as well as develop methods for modeling ideal gas behavior. So much potential. Stay tuned!