It's Our Air - 1-2 Combustion & Combustion Equations It's Our Air - Home About Curriculum Quick Index Teacher Tips FAQ Contact COMBUSTION EQUATIONS ACTIVITY In the hands-on activity, students use molecular model sets to become familiar with some simple chemical equations describing combustion, and to see how the burning of fossil fuels produces carbon dioxide. ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS: What is combustion? What molecules does combustion produce? What are some of the benefits of combustion for humans? TIME NEEDED: 45 minutes MATERIALS: Video: Combustion (included) Molecule sets Worksheet (included)) TOPICS: combustion, combustion equations, conservation of mass, combustion’s relationship to air pollution, our dependence on combustion. TYPES: hands-on demonstration, video NC ESSENTIAL STANDARDS for Earth/Environmental Science: EEn.2.5.1. Summarize the structure and composition of our atmosphere EEn.2.5.5 Explain how human activities affect air quality [video:https://vimeo.com/95327936] DOWNLOAD VIDEO FILE COMBUSTION VIDEO A video introduces to the concept of combustion as a chemical reaction and illustrates how combustion causes the rearrangement of atoms from one set of molecules to another set of molecules, and how air pollution can result when other gases in our atmosphere and other substances in fuel are added into the combustion mix. Video downloads are able to display subtitles. We recommend using VLC media player for optimal playback of subtitles. COMBUSTION & COMBUSTION EQUATIONS - TEACHER TO TEACHER TIPS The quick video below has tips for doing this activity from Mark Townley, an award-winning, North Carolina high school teacher. Mark helped develop It’s Our Air and has used each of these activities with his students. [video:https://vimeo.com/185546489] BACK TO CURRICULUM PAGE OTHER MODULE 1 (AIR POLLUTANTS & THEIR SOURCES) ACTIVITIES AND VIDEOS 1-1 What Is Air? 1-2 Combustion and Combustion Equations (this activity) 1-3 Parts Per Million 1-4 The Criteria Pollutants and a Closer Look at Ozone 1-5 NC & Local Sources of Air Pollution 1-6 Making and Using Ozone Indicators 1-7 Sampling Particulate Matter Follow It's Our Air on Facebook N.C. Division of Air Quality N.C. Air Awareness Program CONTACT THE NC AIR AWARENESS PROGRAM • Mailing Address: 1641 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1641 • Physical Address: 217 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603 • Phone: 919-707-8400 • FAX: 919-707-0718 • Email Us: firstname.lastname@example.org MISSION • The North Carolina Air Awareness Program is a public outreach and education program of the North Carolina Division of Air Quality. The primary goal of the program is to reduce air pollution through voluntary actions by individuals and organizations.