To investigate the claim that Tom Brady intentionally deflated footballs during the AFC Championship game against the Colts.
Students use Charles' Law to determine if Tom Brady deflated footballs or if temperature was the cause for the decrease in pressure. Internet resources are provided that give students data they need in order to calculate the original pressure of the footballs. Students are guided through the research with a series of 10 questions and then guided through how to write a conclusion statement based on the information they gathered. At the end of the research, students are to make a poster that identifies their findings. In a 50 minute period, this assignment took 5 class periods.
Keyword: Inquiry, Chemistry, Research Project, Gas Laws, Charles' Law, Gas, Gases, Pressure, Temperature