Decenber 2013/January 2014 Teacher's Guide for Global Climate Change: a reality Check Table of Contents


(for correlation to course curriculum)



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  1. Interactions of matter and energy—The greenhouse effect is the result of the interaction between long wave length infrared radiation and molecules like CO2, H2O and other gases.

  2. Chemical bonds—The nature of chemical bonds in gas molecules determine whether the gas will be a greenhouse gas.

  3. Chemistry and the environment—This article provides an opportunity to discuss with students the role that chemistry plays in environmental concerns.

  4. Physical change—Some of the changes—like increased flooding or the ocean as a carbon sink—involve physical changes, like change of phase or dissolving.

  5. Electromagnetic spectrum—Students will need to understand the basics of the electromagnetic spectrum in order to understand the greenhouse effect.

  6. Matter cycles and energy flow—The ways in which energy undergoes conversions and the way matter undergoes a series of cyclic chemical changes are important concepts in this article.

  7. Chemical changes—Fundamental to climate change is an understanding of chemical changes that produce or consume carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

  8. Analytical chemistry—Determining the composition of the atmosphere and the analysis of temperature proxies like air in ice core samples demonstrates the importance of chemical analysis.



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