Many students explain thermal expansion in terms of increased particle size
The following worksheets may help to identify whether students hold this particular misconception.
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Resources to Address This
Model of expanding liquids and gases (11-16)
Students use marbles in a tray to model the expansion of liquids and gases.View Resource
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