Physics: The Cartesian Diver
Lesson Objective: Students duplicate a
Grades 9-12 / Science / Pressure

Thought starters

  1. Why does Mr. Haigh first demonstrate but not explain the lab?
  2. Notice how the lab requires students to apply their knowledge of science to a novel task What do students learn about pressure and density as it applies to liquids and gases?
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  • Summary

    The classic Cartesian Diver physics experiment gets re-worked as a magic trick, to help a Year 7 class explore pressure

    Summary

    The classic Cartesian Diver physics experiment gets re-worked as a magic trick, to help a Year 7 class explore pressure and density, in this fun idea for transforming classroom practice.
    Physics teacher Alan Haigh carries out the Cartesian Diver experiment about pressure and density in front of his Key Stage 3 class but disguises it as magic trick, complete with wand.
    The pupils construct their own theories as to how the diver is moving, such as magnetism and static electricity. Alan then provides them with a range of laboratory equipment to test their theories.
    As the secondary class gets to grips with what is actually happening, they start to consider the affect of pressure and density on the diver.
    Alan, a science teacher at Woodkirk High School, first used this lesson idea with his tutorial group but now uses it across year groups.

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Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, All Subjects, Class Culture

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, ELA, Class Culture

Teaching Practice

All Grades / All Students / Class Culture