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Product 13447

By: The Flinn Staff

In the Pascal’s Law Laboratory Kit for physical science and physics, challenge others to a Pascal-syringe “thumb war” using connect syringes filled with water. Experiment with three different syringe systems to learn about Pascal’s law.

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Lift up your students’ understanding of Pascal’s law, hydraulics and mechanical advantage! First, challenge students to a Pascal-syringe “thumb war” using connected syringes filled with water. Then, after your victory, students will experiment with three different syringe systems to effectively learn about the properties of Pascal’s law and the mechanical advantage of a hydraulic system. Their results will clearly show why you won the “thumb war.” An excellent hands-on activity that not only brings science concepts to life, but also allows students to have fun while doing science! Includes reproducible student handouts, complete teacher notes and all consumable supplies needed to perform the lab.

Complete for a class of 32 students working in groups of four.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Analyzing and interpreting data

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS2.A: Forces and Motion
HS-PS2.A: Forces and Motion

Crosscutting Concepts

Scale, proportion, and quantity
Energy and matter
Systems and system models

Performance Expectations

MS-PS2-2: Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object
MS-PS3-3: Apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer.