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Activity Description of "Entropy Demo"


Title Entropy Demo
Audience Grades 9-12. Biology,Advanced Biology, Life Science, Integrated Science
Abstract This is an attention-grabbing introduction to cell energetics. Students participate in building and knocking down a tower of paper cups which represents an organized living system. An occasion for drama, snapshots, and humor, this activity helps students understand the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics vis-a-vis living systems: (1) Entropy is constantly increasing on average (2) Living systems are highly ordered (3) It takes energy and work to maintain organization. Also (4) information is needed to maintain an ordered state.
Author Katharine Noonan
Email AEKNoonan@aol.com
Unifying Concept Systems, order and organization
Science and Technology Understandings about science and technology
Science as Inquiry Understandings about scientific inquiry
History and Nature of Science
Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Life, Physical, Earth Sciences The cell, Matter, energy and organization in living systems, Conservation of energy and increase of disorder
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