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4.7 Different sources of energy have different benefits and drawbacks.
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- This is a good addition to a unit on energy.
- Could be used in a chemistry class that is doing an electrolysis experiment, and would fit well in an environmental science class when alternative energy options are explored.
About the Science
- One segment of the video “enacts” the remove of electrons through the semi-permeable membrane of the fuel cell with a tennis court net standing in for the membrane. The segment ends with two hydrogen atoms bonding together and then one of the hydrogen atoms bonding to the oxygen atom, suggesting an incorrect bonding arrangement.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- Background essay and discussion questions are included as well as links to other resources within Teachers’ Domain. Together with the video, the resources provide a very clear, although fairly superficial, explanation of how a fuel cell works.
- There is a "viewing ideas for teachers" link at the end of the background essay that suggests ways to use this in a lesson.
- Excellent narration and engaging physical models to drive home the chemistry principles.
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