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Conductivity: Salty Water


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Conductivity: Salty Water

Water, whether fresh or salty, serves as one of the best electrical conductors on the planet. Does salt effect its conductivity? In this activity, learners will explore the effects of salts in the water, as well as the effects of other parameters on the conductivity of water. Learners will use real-time data from buoys around the coastal U.S. in this exploration.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 14 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Charges and Currents
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Gathering Data
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and the Environment

Informal Categories


  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Petrone, Christopher J.

Rights:

  • Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program,

Funding Source:

  • Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program

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