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Some aerosol products
Picture 1. We use aerosols in a wide range of products.
Always follow the instructions on the can and pay attention to safety advice and warnings.
Aerosols are a part of our lives. We use them to dispense, for example, deodorants, shaving foam, air fresheners and de-icers. However, even this short list shows that different aerosols can and must behave differently. You’d be a bit wary of using an aerosol that dispensed deodorant at the same rate as a de-icer!
In this electronic resource (e-source), we will look at the physics behind the operation, manufacture and testing of aerosol cans.
Contents
The e-source is arranged in 5 units, covering different areas of physics. There is a quiz at the end of each unit. The units are:
  1. How aerosols work
  2. The kinetic theory of matter
  3. The gas laws
  4. Thermal effects
  5. Electrostatic effects

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Using this e-source
There are a number of interactive features in this e-source:

A glossary of terms: any word with a glossary entry is highlighted like that. Clicking on the word will open a new window with a definition of that word.

Quick questions: at the end of each page is a quick question to test your understanding of that page. Type in your own answer then click on the button to see how well you did.

Quiz: at the end of each unit, there is a quick quiz to see how well you understand the ideas.

Roll over diagrams: many of the diagrams have highlights or sequences. You can see these by rolling your cursor over part of the picture or part of the text. The text has a roll over highlight like that.

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Summary                                           Close
  • different aerosols have different features
  • try the quizzes at the end of each unit