Seemingly identical crystalline cubes (ice versus halite crystals) are observed to
either sink or float in two seemingly identical clear, colorless liquids (ethanol
and water). Also, a handful of sugar cubes are observed to sink in a container of
hot water; most dissolve, but several unexpectedly float to the top. Science discrepant events, magic tricks, and a little visual subterfuge
can be used to challenge students’ abilities to make careful empirical observations, logical arguments, and skeptical review (i.e., predict-observe-explain) while simultaneously probing their conceptual
understanding of FUNdaMENTAL concepts such as density.
Type Book ChapterPub Date 3/1/2011