In this activity, students investigate some of the physical, chemical and physiological properties of carbon dioxide gas. In addition, a model demonstrating the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will be constructed.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • describe a chemical test for CO2
  • relate the water solubility of CO2 to temperature
  • describe some of the uses of carbon dioxide
  • describe the effects rising levels of CO2 in inhaled air can have on the body
  • gain an appreciation of the meaning of the term part per million.

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  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • student handout.
    Published 9 October 2012