Water-powered engine theories need hosing down

Secondary KLA:
Educational levels:
Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12


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This ABC article by Dr Karl addresses the question: will we one day be able to power cars with water? The chemical reactions involved in the formation and decomposition of water are described. Energy transformations are explained. A very useful resource to get students thinking.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(SC5-16CW) explains how models, theories and laws about matter have been refined as new scientific evidence becomes available

(SC5-17CW) discusses the importance of chemical reactions in the production of a range of substances, and the influence of society on the development of new materials

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACSSU178) Chemical reactions involve rearranging atoms to form new substances; during a chemical reaction mass is not created or destroyed

(ACSSU179) Chemical reactions, including combustion and the reactions of acids, are important in both non-living and living systems and involve energy transfer

(ACSSU187) Different types of chemical reactions are used to produce a range of products and can occur at different rates

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Resource type:
ScOT topics:
Water, Electrolysis
File type:
ABC - Dr Karl's Great Moments in Science
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Date created:
Friday, 6 November 2009

Resource ID: c641d251-e653-46f6-b6d8-8f5950d0cb19