Air Pressure Experiments: I Can't Take the Pressure!

Type of Resource



Students gain an understanding of air pressure by using candy or cookie wafers to model how it changes with altitude, by comparing its magnitude to gravitational force per unit area, and by observing its magnitude with an aluminum can crushing experiment. Three student worksheets (and answer keys) are provided.

Performance Expectations

3-5-ETS1-3   Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.