Actvity Summary: An inquiry-based activity on Methane Hydrates, this activity allows students to model two clathrate structures commonly found in methane hydrates, challenging them to learn about gas laws, hydrogen bonding and chemical formation.

Written by Leslie Peart and Nancy Felix (10/2005)

  • Standard C: Physical science
  • Standard E: Earth and space science
  • Standard F: Science and technology

  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect
  • Energy and matter
  • Structure and function
  • Stability and change

  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions
  • Engaging in argument from evidence

  • ESS1. C The history of the planet Earth
  • ESS2.A Earth materials and systems
  • ESS2.B Plate tectonics and large-scale system interactions
  • ESS2.C The roles of water in Earth’s surface processes
  • ESS3.A Natural Resources
  • ESS3.B Natural Hazards
  • PS1.A Structure of matter
  • PS1.B Chemical reactions
  • PS2.B Types of interactions
  • PS3.D Energy in chemical processes and everyday life

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