Online Student Book

 

Submitting data for IAPS activities: Some IAPS activities provide the opportunity for students in classrooms across the country to compare their data with each other. Click on the appropriate link to submit your students' data.

Submit data for Activity 74, “Measuring Speed”

Submit data for Activity 82, “Braking Distance”

Shown below are several sites that relate to Issues & Physical Science (IAPS). Some provide background information to supplement the information in the student book, others provide links to supplemental information and articles you may choose to use with students.



 

IAPS Issues in the News

Below is a list of newspaper articles and websites that link current events to issues explored in IAPS. Use these with your students to foster discussion about current science issues.

Unit A - Studying Materials Scientifically

Professional cleaning with a green attitude
Environmentally friendly cleaning products erase grime but let environment shine

Unit B – The Chemistry of Materials

The chemistry of beauty products is going green
How green is your computer?

Unit C – Water

Bottled water versus tap: Which is safer to drink?

Unit D – Energy

Green building methods save energy, environment
Neighbors compete in Energy Smack down
US wind energy adds 1,400MW of capacity

Unit E – Force and Motion

Human crash test dummies to welcome virtual relatives

 


 

Weblinks and Important Notes

Unit A: Studying Materials Scientifically
Unit B: The Chemistry of Materials

Unit C: Water

Unit D: Energy

Unit E: Force and Motion

Unit F: Waves


Unit A: Studying Materials Scientifically


Activity 1
Handling Hazardous Materials

Video: Hazardous Materials Investigations - The Barrel Mystery
This video segment, used in Activity 1, is also on the Issues & Physical Science DVD.

Hazardous Materials Team Training
These two videos explore the training and protective gear used by the fire department in Tampa, Florida when responding to incidents involving hazardous materials. They are long, so it is best to preview and select short segments to show your students.

Hazardous Materials Team Training, part 1

Hazardous Materials Team Training, part 2

Activity 3
A Plan to Separate the Mixture

Teacher’s Guide page A-30: In Advance Preparation at the bottom of the page, change the following phrase: “To each cup containing 40 mL of 40,000 ppm iron nitrate solution add…” to instead read: “To each cup containing 40 mL of 5,000 ppm iron nitrate add …” This has been corrected in editions printed after 2012.
Teacher's Guide page A-33: In the Teacher's Note, please do let students separate the iron nitrate solution via evaporation. This can be done as a demonstration, but it is not suggested that students handle the iron nitrate crystals. This has been corrected in editions printed after 2012.

Activity 4
Hazardous Materials at Home

Reduce and Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste by the US Environmental Protection Agency provides strategies for reducing hazardous materials at home.

Activity 6
Identifying Liquids

Adjust the second paragraph on Teacher’s Guide page A-63 to read: “To prepare 8 cups for students and 1 cup for teacher demonstration purposes, dilute 45 mL of 40,000 ppm iron nitrate solution with 315 mL of water. Then distribute 40 mL of the resulting 5,000 ppm solution to each of the 9 cups.” This has been corrected in editions printed after 2012.

Activity 8
Measuring Volume

In the Teacher’s Guide page A-87, add this note under drawing of cube: “Note: all edges are equal in length.” This has been corrected in editions printed after 2012.

Activity 10
Density of Unknown Solids

On Teacher’s Guide page A-105 in the “Corrosive/Reactive” column in the table, change the entries to read: no, corrosive, no, no, reactive, reactive. This has been corrected in editions printed after 2012.

Activity 11
Choosing a Cleaner

The Household Products Database provides safety, health, and disposal information for household products. This database is searchable by major category or product name.


Unit B: The Chemistry of Materials

Activity 13
Product Life Cycle

Basic Information: Green Chemistry from The United States Environmental Protection Agency

The Green Chemistry Institute by the American Chemical Society

"Green Chemistry Takes Root" by Elizabeth Weise. USA Today, November 22, 2004.

The Great e-waste Recycling Debate

Activity 14
Physical and Chemical Properties of Materials

Teacher’s Guide page B-29: In the Materials and Advance Preparation section, note that the metals—copper, iron, and aluminum—will take time to display signs of a chemical reaction with the 1M HCl. Set up this demonstration before class so that students will observe evidence of a reaction in one class period.

On Teacher’s Guide page B-32 in the last column titled, “Reaction to HCl,” for copper, replace with “No.” This has been corrected in editions printed after 2012.

Activity 18
Properties of Plastics

The American Chemistry Council Learning Center
This site offers several resources to help teach about plastics and recycling.

Consumer Fact sheet on Copper by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency – Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water

Activity 23
Producing Circuit Boards

Teacher’s Guide page B-132: First column, between the first and second paragraphs, insert the text: “Teacher’s note: Do not soak the boards for more than 24 hours, as all of the copper will be removed.” This has been corrected in editions printed after 2012.

Activity 25
Conservation of Mass

Below is a link to download an updated version of page B-163 in the Teacher's Guide. This has been corrected in editions printed after 2012.

Page B-163

Activity 26
Incinerating the Waste

Video: Waste Disposal - Computers and the Environment
This video segment, used in Activity 26, is also on the Issues & Physical Science DVD.

Activity 27
Reclaiming the Meta
l

Current Primary and Metal Scrap Prices can be found at

Metalprices.com
The London Metal Exchange

Activity 29
The Green Computer Challenge

The Federal Electronics Challenge

Make A Difference Campaign for Middle School Students

On Teacher’s Guide page B-206 in the section Materials for each student, change “1 Student Sheet 13.1” to, “1 Student Sheet 13.2, ‘Green Chemistry Guidelines.’” This has been corrected in editions printed after 2012.


Unit C: Water

Activity 32
Mapping Death

Below are electronic versions of the transparencies that were previously only available in the kit:

Map of the 1849 Cholera Epidemic in London (without data)
Map of the 1849 Cholera Epidemic in London (with data)

Activity 32
Mapping Death

and

Activity 33
John Snow and the Search for Evidence

On the Mode of Communication of Cholera, (John Snow, 1855).
John Snow's 1855 book "On the Mode of Communication of Cholera" is available at this site sponsored by the Department of Epidemiology in UCLA's School of Public Health. This webpage includes the first 38 pages of the book and provides links to the complete book and to maps and more information on John Snow.

Activity 36
Making Water and Alcohol Molecules

There is no Student Sheet 36.1, “Modeling Molecules.” This has been corrected in editions printed after 2012.

Unit D: Energy

Activity 53
Home Energy Use

The Utility Connection has links to over 2,000 local utility companies.

To find power generating web pages for your area, try an Internet search for "your state or city + power or electricity," or try the web site of your local electric utility company.

In the Teacher’s Guide section, Materials and Advance Preparation, it should read: “For the teacher, 1 overhead transparency each of Student Sheets 53.1a and 53.1b.” Student Sheet 53.1 (Anticipation Guide: Ideas About Energy) should be labeled 53.1a and the continuation of the Anticipation Guide should be labeled 53.1b (found on the reverse side of 53.1a). This correction has been made in editions printed after 2012.

Activity 56
Shake the Shot

Student Book page D-22 and Teacher’s Guide page D-29: The figure should not show a student shaking the container with the thermometer. The thermometer is likely to break if it is shaken while in the container. Remove the thermometer before shaking the shot. This correction has been made in editions printed after 2012

Procedure #7 in the Student Book: Turn the shaker on its side, remove the regular cap and gently insert the thermometer with the shaker cap attached. When the cap is secured, turn the shaker upright. This will help protect the thermometer from breaking. This correction has been made in editions printed after 2012.

Activity 64
Electricity Generation

The Energy Information Administration provides maps of the United States showing power plant locations for individual states.

Tennessee Valley Authority: Reservoirs and Power Plants
This site provides links to all of TVA's power generating plants.

California Independent System Operator
At this site the daily forecasted available energy resources and actual demand in the state of California are show in both graph and data table format.

New York Power Authority: "Our Facilities"

Bonneville Power Administration
This site provides archived historical films about power in the Northwest.

Build a hydropower station using this paper model

Foundation for Water and Energy: "Turning to Hydropower" Includes a "walk through" of a hydroelectric power plant plus a design to make a water powered generator.

Activity 72
Improving Energy Efficiency

New Student Sheet 72.1c
New Student Sheet 72.1d
These corrections have been made in editions printed after 2012.

Unit E: Force and Motion

Activity 73
Choosing a Safe Vehicle

Teaching Suggestions: The title of the table, “Sample Response to Student Sheet 83, ‘Comparing Vehicle Features,’” should read 73.1 and not 83. This correction has been made in editions printed after 2012.

Activity 79
Inertia Around a Curve

Student Book page E-27, after completing Procedure #7: Repeat Step 7 several times until the members of your group agree on the most common path of the marble. This correction has been made in editions printed after 2012.

Activity 84
Decelerating Safely

New Student Sheet 84.2
This correction has been made in editions printed after 2012.

Activity 88
Safety For All

Teacher’s Guide: Throughout the Teaching Suggestions and Suggested Answers to Questions, replace “bumper” with “frame.” This correction has been made in editions printed after 2012.

Unit F: Waves

Activity 89
It's a Noisy World

Dangerous Decibels: Virtual Exhibit This website, from the Oregon Health and Science University, features a number of interactive simulations on various aspects of sound.

Activity 92
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss This website, from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, explains the cause of noise-induced hearing loss.

Activity 94
Comparing Colors

Student Support Sheet This supplemental worksheet can be used to support students with Activity 94.

Activity 98
Blocking Out Ultraviolet

EPA: UV Index Want to know what the UV index is for your community? Find out from this website from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Activity 99
Personal Protection Plan

Current UV Index Forecast Want to know the UV forecast for your region? This website from NOAA is here to help.