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Universe: The Origin and Evolution of the Universe Science Object
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Universe: The Origin and Evolution of the Universe
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object, co-developed between NASA and NSTA, is the fifth of five Science Objects in the Universe SciPack. It provides understanding of how the universe formed, how it has changed over time, and how it continues to change today. The ‘big bang’ theory of universe formation is supported by recent...  [view full summary]
Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object, co-developed between NASA and NSTA, is the fifth of five Science Objects in the Universe SciPack. It provides understanding of how the universe formed, how it has changed over time, and how it continues to change today. The ‘big bang’ theory of universe formation is supported by recent observations of the motion of galaxies, as well as observations of the energy left over from the formation of the universe. This evidence suggests that the origin of the universe occurred approximately 13.6 billion years ago, during a point in time when the state of the universe was much hotter and more dense. The fact that light seen from almost all distant galaxies has longer wavelengths than comparable light here on earth provides evidence that the whole universe has been expanding ever since the big bang (and continues to expand today).
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Chemical Reactions: Rates of Chemical Reactions Science Object
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Chemical Reactions: Rates of Chemical Reactions
Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School
Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the third of four Science Objects in the Chemical Reactions SciPack. It demonstrates how chemical reactions can take place in time periods ranging from the few femto-seconds (10-15 seconds) required for an atom to move a fraction of a chemical bond distance to geologic time scales...  [view full summary]
Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the third of four Science Objects in the Chemical Reactions SciPack. It demonstrates how chemical reactions can take place in time periods ranging from the few femto-seconds (10-15 seconds) required for an atom to move a fraction of a chemical bond distance to geologic time scales of billions of years. The rate of reactions among atoms and molecules depends on how often they encounter one another, which is affected by the concentration, pressure (for gases), and temperature of the reacting substances. The configuration of atoms in a molecule determines the molecule's properties. Shapes are particularly important in determining how large molecules interact with others. Some atoms and molecules called catalysts are highly effective in accelerating chemical reactions. Chemical reactions in living systems are catalyzed by protein molecules called enzymes.
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Electric and Magnetic Forces: Electrostatics and Current Electricity Science Object
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Electric and Magnetic Forces: Electrostatics and Current Electricity
Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School
Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the second of three Science Objects in the Electric and Magnetic Forces SciPack. It explores the ability of electrons to flow, producing an electric current. Negative charges, being associated with electrons on the outer edges of atoms, are far more mobile in materials than...  [view full summary]
Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the second of three Science Objects in the Electric and Magnetic Forces SciPack. It explores the ability of electrons to flow, producing an electric current. Negative charges, being associated with electrons on the outer edges of atoms, are far more mobile in materials than positive charges located in the nucleus at the center of an atom. In some materials, such as metals, electrons flow easily, whereas in insulating materials such as glass they can hardly flow at all. At very low temperatures, some materials become superconductors and offer no resistance to the flow of current. In between these extremes, semi-conducting materials differ greatly in how well they conduct, depending on their exact composition. Electric currents occur when charges move through conductors. Batteries and other devices store electrical energy by separating and concentrating charges. Electrical circuits provide a means of transferring electrical energy into other forms of energy such as heat, light, and sound.
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Electric and Magnetic Forces: Electric Charges Science Object
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Electric and Magnetic Forces: Electric Charges
Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School
Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the first of three Science Objects in the Electric and Magnetic Forces SciPack. It explores electric charges and electric force. There are two kinds of charges—positive and negative. The electric force is a universal force that exists between any two charged objects. Like charges...  [view full summary]
Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the first of three Science Objects in the Electric and Magnetic Forces SciPack. It explores electric charges and electric force. There are two kinds of charges—positive and negative. The electric force is a universal force that exists between any two charged objects. Like charges repel one another, and opposite charges attract. The strength of the force is directly proportional to the amount of charge, and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them. On an atomic scale, the nucleus and electrons are the basic constituents of all atoms and create the electric forces that hold atoms and molecules together. On a larger scale, these forces hold solid and liquid materials together and act between objects when they are in contact (for example, friction or the impact of a bat on a ball). In materials, there are almost exactly equal proportions of positive and negative charges, making the materials as a whole electrically neutral. An imbalance in these opposite charges will produce phenomena that range from electric sparks and clinging clothes to lightning.
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Earth's Changing Surface: Sculpting the Landscape Science Object
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Earth's Changing Surface: Sculpting the Landscape
Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School
Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the second of three Science Objects in the Earth’s Changing Surface SciPack. It explores the landforms we see on Earth today and the processes that create these landforms. Landforms are the result of a combination of constructive and destructive forces. The Earth processes we see...  [view full summary]
Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the second of three Science Objects in the Earth’s Changing Surface SciPack. It explores the landforms we see on Earth today and the processes that create these landforms. Landforms are the result of a combination of constructive and destructive forces. The Earth processes we see today, including erosion and the movement of lithospheric plates, are similar to those that occurred in the past. Some changes in Earth’s surface are abrupt such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Other changes shaped in part by the motion of water and wind on weathered rock act over very long times to level mountain ranges and through sedimentation create new forms elsewhere.
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Explaining Matter with Elements, Atoms, and Molecules: Evidence for Atoms and Molecules Science Object
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Explaining Matter with Elements, Atoms, and Molecules: Evidence for Atoms and Molecules
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Science Objects are two hour, on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the third of three Science Objects in the Explaining Matter with Elements, Atoms, and Molecules SciPack. It explores the evidence for atoms and molecules, and looks at the way atoms and molecules are arranged and behave in different types of matter (solids, liquids, and gases).
Science Objects are two hour, on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the third of three Science Objects in the Explaining Matter with Elements, Atoms, and Molecules SciPack. It explores the evidence for atoms and molecules, and looks at the way atoms and molecules are arranged and behave in different types of matter (solids, liquids, and gases).
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Explaining Matter with Elements, Atoms, and Molecules: Classifying the Elements Science Object
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Explaining Matter with Elements, Atoms, and Molecules: Classifying the Elements
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Science Objects are two hour, on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the second of three Science Objects in the Explaining Matter with Elements, Atoms, and Molecules SciPack. It investigates how the classification of elements into families of elements with similar properties assisted with the development of the periodic table of elements.
Science Objects are two hour, on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the second of three Science Objects in the Explaining Matter with Elements, Atoms, and Molecules SciPack. It investigates how the classification of elements into families of elements with similar properties assisted with the development of the periodic table of elements.
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Explaining Matter with Elements, Atoms, and Molecules: Characteristics of Elements Science Object
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Explaining Matter with Elements, Atoms, and Molecules: Characteristics of Elements
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Science Objects are two hour, on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the first of three Science Objects in the Explaining Matter with Elements, Atoms, and Molecules SciPack. It explores the properties of substances, how certain properties can be used to distinguish change in a substance, and the break down of substances to get to the most pure or...  [view full summary]

Science Objects are two hour, on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the first of three Science Objects in the Explaining Matter with Elements, Atoms, and Molecules SciPack. It explores the properties of substances, how certain properties can be used to distinguish change in a substance, and the break down of substances to get to the most pure or elemental form of the substance.


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Chemical Reactions: Matter and Energy in Reactions Science Object
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Chemical Reactions: Matter and Energy in Reactions
Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School
Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the final of four Science Objects in the Chemical Reactions SciPack. It explains how different configurations of atoms and molecules are associated with different energy levels. Some changes of configuration among atoms and molecules require a net input of energy whereas others cause...  [view full summary]
Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the final of four Science Objects in the Chemical Reactions SciPack. It explains how different configurations of atoms and molecules are associated with different energy levels. Some changes of configuration among atoms and molecules require a net input of energy whereas others cause a net release. As a result, chemical reactions may release or consume energy. Some reactions such as the burning of fossil fuels release large amounts of energy by losing heat and by emitting light. Energy from light and other electromagnetic radiation can initiate many chemical reactions such as photosynthesis and the evolution of urban smog. The behavior of atoms in chemical reactions demonstrates the conservation of matter: When the number of atoms in a closed system stays the same, their total mass remains constant no matter how they are rearranged.
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Chemical Reactions: Categorizing Chemical Reactions Science Object
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Chemical Reactions: Categorizing Chemical Reactions
Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School
Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the second of four Science Objects in the Chemical Reactions SciPack. It provides an understanding of the idea that a large number of important reactions involve the transfer of either electrons (oxidation/reduction reactions) or hydrogen ions (acid/base reactions) between reacting...  [view full summary]
Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the second of four Science Objects in the Chemical Reactions SciPack. It provides an understanding of the idea that a large number of important reactions involve the transfer of either electrons (oxidation/reduction reactions) or hydrogen ions (acid/base reactions) between reacting ions, molecules, or atoms. In other reactions, chemical bonds are broken by heat or light to form very reactive radicals with electrons ready to form new bonds. Reactions involving these radicals control many processes such as the presence of ozone and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, burning and processing of fossil fuels, the formation of polymers, and explosions.
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