EPA Science Inventory

The Incredible Shrinking Cup Lab: An Investigation of the Effect of Depth and Water Pressure on Polystyrene

Citation:

ROSE, C. M., J. ADAMS, E. K. HINCHEY, J. NESTLERODE, AND M. R. PATTERSON. The Incredible Shrinking Cup Lab: An Investigation of the Effect of Depth and Water Pressure on Polystyrene. Science Activities. Taylor and Francis, Philadelphia, PA, 50(1):1-8, (2013).

Description:

This activity familiarizes students with the effects of increased depth on pressure and volume. Students will determine the volume of polystyrene cups before and after they are submerged to differing depths in the ocean and the Laurentian Great Lakes. Students will also calculate the density of the cups and learn about the depths of the world’s ocean and the Great Lakes. The activity can also be used to teach students how to document scientific observations and how to conduct measurements using the metric system. This lab also encourages students to contact scientists and interact with professionals in the field of oceanography and limnology.

Purpose/Objective:

An education/outreach manuscript targeted to elementary and middle school teachers to demonstrate Boyles Law and how it applies to common field practices used in Oceanography and Limnology.

URLs/Downloads:

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Start Date: 03/12/2013
Completion Date: 03/12/2013
Record Last Revised: 03/26/2013
Record Created: 06/23/2011
Record Released: 06/23/2011
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 236245

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB

GULF ECOLOGY DIVISION

ECOSYSTEM ASSESSMENT BRANCH