Ch. 4 | Climate Change

Chapter 4 Opening Video

This video sets the stage for what students will learn about climate change in Chapter 4.

Ionic Compound Tutorial

This video shows examples for naming ionic compounds.

Affects on Carbon Cycle

This video shows how human activities have affected the natural carbon cycle. 

Isotopes and Atomic Mass

Use this PhET simulation to answer Your Turn 4.9; it demonstrates how the abundace of isotopes relates to an element's average atomic mass. 


Molar Ratio

This video demonstrates how to experimentally determine the molar ration between reactants and products. 

Combustion Reaction

This video provides a detailed explanation of how to calculate grams of CO2 from the combustion of gigatonnes of carbon. 

The Earth's Energy Balance

This videos shows information about Earth's energy balance.

3D Model of Methane

See a 3D rendering of methane, as shown in Figure 4.11.


3D Model of Ammonia

See a 3D rendering of ammonia, as shown in Figure 4.12.

3D Model of Water

See a 3D rendering of water, as shown in Figure 4.13.

3D Model of CO2

See a 3D rendering of carbon dioxide, as shown in Figure 4.14.

3D Model of Ozone

See a 3D rendering of ozone, as shown in Figure 4.15.


Molecule Shapes

This PhET simulation allows students to explore molecular shapes by building molecules in 3D.

Infrared Spectroscopy

This simulation shows IR spectra, and can be used to answer Your Turn 4.27.

Ozone in the Atmosphere

This simulation shows an ozone molecule interacting with various regions of the EM spectrum.

IR Windows for Greenhouse Gases

This simulation shows IR spectra, and can be used to answer Your Turn 4.27.

Historic Climate Change

This simulation shows the impact of selected greenhouse gases on climate change over the past 800,000 years.

Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS)

This video shows how isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) is used to evaluate our planet's climate history.

Build a Planet

This simulation asks students to find a radiation balance necessary for life on a planet.

Carbon Stabilization Wedges

This simulation explores the summative effects of various technologies on their carbon output.