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Crystal Growth and Buoyancy-Driven Convection Currents

First page of Crystal Growth and Buoyancy-Driven Convection Currents

Product Type: Lesson Plan/Activity
Audience: Educators, Informal Education

Grade Levels: 5-12
Publication Year: 1997
Product Number: EG-1997-08-110-HQ
Subjects: General Science, Physical Science


Crystals can be grown using a variety of methods. One of the simplest ways involves dissolving a solid into a liquid. While students can easily grow crystals by following the directions, the success of observing the density-driven convection currents depends upon a very still environment. "Student reader" pages provide background information about crystal growth. Student worksheets may be used to assess student learning.

Crystal Growth and Buoyancy-Driven Convection Currents [156KB PDF file]

This lesson plan is part of the Microgravity Educator Guide.

Page Last Updated: December 31st, 2014
Page Editor: Flint Wild