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CO2 Emissions from Burning Fossil Fuels

The energy content of coal varies depending on the water content and sulfur contaminates within the coal. Burning coal produces the greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide. In addition, the burning of coal produces sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides which contribute to smog and acid rain. This laboratory experiment measures CO2 emissions from various types of coal using CBL probes and graphing technologies. Using a Bunsen burner, a ring stand and wire gauze, four types of coal are burned, the gaseous material entrapped using an inverted funnel. Adapted from: Woodrow Wilson Leadership Program in Environmental Science, The Emission of CO2 from the Burning of Fossil Fuels by: Childers, Dileo & Hall
Using this lesson in your classroom

During class prior to this lab discuss the history of coal use in the world. Have students share with the class what they know about greenhouse gasses and the greenhouse effect.


9.1 D1, 9.5 D13, D14
9.8 D23
Teacher Materials
CO2 Lesson [0.0 KB]
CO2 Student Lab [0.0 KB]
Coal Formation and Use Reading [0.0 KB]
Glossary [0.0 KB]