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  Skating on Thin Ice!

In this lesson, students will learn about the mathematical relationships between pressure, volume, and temperature for water. They will perform graphical interpretations to solve the presented problems.

Each student will write a final "Problem Report" on how they came to conclusions which could save the Olympic Games competition.

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The plan was designed to teach the following mathematical, thinking and communication skills: problem-solving strategies, drawing connections, communicating skills, reasoning ability, statistical analysis, and forms of measurement.


In music, discuss the nature of selected musical pieces for figure skating.

In language arts, research a favorite ice skating athlete. Write a biography on him/her.

In math/science, learn more about "ideal gases." Examine the mathematical relationship among pressure, volume, and temperature which would apply to other "ideal gases." Also, in science, discuss why skaters cannot skate on dry ice.

In history, make a timeline for the Olympic Games. Determine the years in which the Olympic Games were not held and find out why they did not take place.


Students will be able to:

  • Calculate the appropriate dimensions of the Olympic Games Figure Skating ice rink.
  • Understand how a skater skates.
  • Graphically analyze the pressure-volume-temperature diagram/graph.
  • Write a qualitative essay.