W^2 – wonder

W^2 or W squared for Wordless Wednesday, May 25, 2022

How in the world did the balloon get inside that flask? Wonder. Scullen Middle School, Naperville, IL May 24, 2022 10:45 AM

This week for my W^2 post, wonder.

I snapped this photo yesterday in class after four straight demos of the scientific principle,

As temperature increases, the volume of gas increases. As temperature decreases, the volume of gas decreases.

And while my students watched the demonstration, some understood, but some are still wondering what happened and how that balloon got inside the glass. Is it magic? No, it’s science.

It is Wednesday, the middle of the week and there are as I sit and type FIVE more days of school this year and then it is summer. I can’t wait, they can’t wait. But we are going to make those five days count.

I know it is going to be going to be a great day. I know it and I can feel it, so I’d better jump up, jump in, and seize the day. Making the Days Count, one day at a time, making the most of every day and trying to compress learning just like air particles can be compressed.

What makes you wonder these days?

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8 thoughts on “W^2 – wonder

    1. It’s cool science… and it happened before their eyes. It’s the same principle as canners use – seal a warm liquid or warm substance and as it cools the molecules decrease in volume and create a solid seal (and vacuum). Have a great day. our son is getting married this weekend and w are very excited (and a little nervous, too.) Peace.

      1. Thank you Margaret. The weekend was a whirlwind of activity and love. I had superpowers for a moment, but I am back to normal and grounded for the time being. Thanks for stopping in and making my day. Peace.

    1. We were busy reviewing for the BIG unit test (which they aced, BTW). However, I did take a moment to speak and talk with them about the need to be kinder to one another. I am convinced that the root of this violence isn’t guns, it is how we treat one another. Period. It’s Friday and my son is getting married this weekend. Peace.

  1. So . . . how’d the balloon get inside the bottle? I don’t get it. I supposed you’re going to use some weird scientific explanation to explain it to me. Don’t bother. I still won’t get it.

    I love how you make the kids think. Keep it up my friend.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    1. It’s a pretty cool science thingy – not a trick, but science. It happens in less than ten to twelve minutes and it’s the principle that jam makers and picklers use to seal their finished products. Thank you for stopping in and have a wonderful weekend at the inn. Peace.

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