Bild

Siemens Stiftung

Phase diagram of water

Diagram:
A P-T diagram for pure water. The lines indicate the temperature and the pressure at which the solid, liquid, and vapor phases exist in equilibrium. All three phases exist in equilibrium only at the triple point; otherwise, there are a maximum of two phases.

In addition to the equilibrium curves (melting pressure curve, sublimation curve, vapor pressure curve), the diagram also includes the pressure and temperature data for the melting, boiling, triple, and critical points.
Attention: The axes of the diagram are not shown true to scale.

Information and ideas:
This diagram also reflects the density anomaly of water (lower density in the solid state than in the liquid state): The melting pressure curve shows a negative slope. The reason for the density anomaly is the hydrogen bonds.

Bild

Siemens Stiftung

Steam pressure curve and phase diagram of water

Charts:
The steam pressure curves (p-V diagram) and the phase diagram (p-T diagram) of water are compared.

If you heat water to 100 °C at normal atmospheric pressure, it turns into steam. But what effect does raising or lowering the pressure have on the vaporization temperature?
The answer to this is given by the steam pressure curve (T-curves in the p-V diagram on the left) and the phase diagram (p-T diagram of the right) of the water. Steam pressure is the term for the pressure at which gas and liquid are in equilibrium, i.e. the same number of molecules evaporate as condense back into water. Above the critical temperature (numerical values are given) the water is always gaseous, regardless at what temperature, and it can be treated as a real gas (Van der Waals equation, formula is given). At every temperature below the critical temperature there is a steam pressure for which there is a two-phase zone (liquid and gaseous). In the liquid phase range it is possible to recognize from the steep rise in the curves that liquid substances are barely compressible.
The critical temperature must not be confused with the triple point temperature (see p-T diagram). This characterizes the values of temperature and pressure at which all phases (solid, liquid and gaseous) are present simultaneously.

Information and ideas:
At what temperature does water boil on Mount Everest? So-called "Steam pressure tables" provide information about this. It would also be interesting to refer to the phase transition points as temperature critical points. At the phase transition from liquid to gaseous the energy applied does not initially lead to an increase in temperature. The same applies to the melting of ice. Not until all the water has evaporated or melted does the temperature rise further.

Bild

Siemens Stiftung

Speech signal - individual word

Chart:
Screenshot of the oscillographic curve of the spoken word "dogs".

Speech sounds are fluctuating sound signals where the composition of frequencies changes all the time.
Aperiodical overlap periodical parts. Unlike noises, some of which have similar frequency curves, sound in speech is always the carrier of meaning or of messages sent out by the speaker. Other noises like smacking of lips, hissing, rhythms, basic pitch are typical of the individual (acoustic fingerprint) but not essential for the speech content!

Information and ideas:
Supplementary to worksheets and transparencies.

Relevant for teaching:
Sound/acoustics: parameters
Vibrations and waves
Communication and understanding

Bild

Siemens Stiftung

Speech recognition sentence - syllable - phoneme

Chart:
The components of speech, from phoneme to sentence presented visually.

The graphic shows the oscilloscope curve of the spoken sentence "It?s raining cats and dogs" and excerpts from the units from which speech is composed: sentence, word, phoneme.

Information and ideas:
Speech recognition and speech synthesis are very topical themes in the field of information and communication technology.
Further information on this graphic is available as information sheet on the media portal of the Siemens Stiftung.

Relevant for teaching:
The human body
Structure and function of a sense organ
Reception of impulses and information transmission
Sensory perception

Bild

Siemens Stiftung

Perforation of the eardrum

Labeled graphic:
Simplified illustration of a perforated eardrum.

A perforated eardrum can occur when foreign bodies, for example, instruments to clean the ears, are stuck in too far or when there are loud bangs near the ear.
Violent blows to the ear can also cause perforation.

Minor tears or perforations can heal up by themselves provided they get the proper treatment. In any case, a doctor should always be consulted!

Information and ideas:
Can be used for illustration purposes on the subject of "Ear diseases" either on transparencies or worksheets. Supposedly "harmless" minor problems can turn into serious damage to the ear.

Relevant for teaching:
Hearing defect/hearing impairment

Bild

Siemens Stiftung

How long will our energy sources last?

Chart:
A bar chart shows an overview of the remaining years of use of primary energy sources.

Of the fossil energy sources, petroleum will be the first to run out. What is the situation for the other fossil energy sources? Can new technologies delay the point in time when they run out? And is it really true that renewable energy sources never run out?
The time axis has a logarithmic scale.

Information and ideas:
Students learn that the logarithmic scale represents numbers ranging over several powers. More in-depth information regarding how long energy sources will last is provided in the "An overview of energy sources? information sheet.


Dieses Material ist Teil einer Sammlung

Bild

Siemens Stiftung

Vom Wasserrad zur Turbine (GS)

Fotocollage:
Fotos von einem Wasserrad sowie drei verschiedenen Turbinenarten.

Schon früh setzte man Wasserräder ein, um die Energie von Wasser zu nutzen, z. B. zum Antreiben eines Mühlrads. Die Turbinen, die in Wasserkraftwerken eingesetzt werden, sind eine Weiterentwicklung des klassischen Wasserrads, um Generatoren für die Stromerzeugung anzutreiben. Diese Turbinen heißen nach ihren Erfindern: Pelton, Kaplan und Francis.

Bild

Siemens Stiftung

Speicherkraftwerk

Grafik:
Funktionsprinzip eines Speicherkraftwerks.

Beim Speicherkraftwerk wird von Natur aus nachfließendes Wasser mithilfe eines Stausees angestaut und für Bedarfsspitzen bevorratet. Das gestaute Wasser wird dann mittels Druckrohrleitungen zu den Turbinen des niedriger gelegenen Kraftwerks geführt. Die gesamte Lageenergie des Wassers im Speicherbecken ist also ein Energiespeicher für Spitzenzeiten. Kleinere Speicherkraftwerke verwenden Pelton-Turbinen, große Speicherkraftwerke (großer Druck und große Wassermenge) verwenden Francis-Turbinen.

Bild

Siemens Stiftung

Dampfdruckkurve und Phasendiagramm von Wasser

Diagramme:Die Dampfdruckkurven (p-V-Diagramm) und das Phasendiagramm (p-T-Diagramm) von Wasser werden gegenübergestellt.Erhitzt man Wasser bei atmosphärischem Normaldruck auf 100 °C, so entsteht Dampf. Wie wirkt sich aber eine Erhöhung oder Absenkung des Drucks auf die Verdampfungstemperatur aus?Die Antwort geben die Dampfdruckkurve (T-Kurven im p-V-Diagramm links) und das Phasendiagramm (p-T-Diagramm rechts) des Wassers. Dampfdruck nennt man den Druck, bei dem Gas und Flüssigkeit im Gleichgewicht miteinander stehen, d. h., es verdampfen ebenso viele Moleküle wie auch wieder kondensieren. Oberhalb der kritischen Temperatur (Zahlenwerte sind angegeben) ist das Wasser, egal bei welchem Druck, immer gasförmig und es kann als reales Gas behandelt werden (Van-der-Waals-Gleichung, Formel ist angegeben). Unterhalb der kritischen Temperatur gibt es zu jeder Temperatur einen Dampfdruck, für den ein Zweiphasengebiet (flüssig und gasförmig) vorliegt. Im Bereich der flüssigen Phase kann man an der steilen Steigung der Kurven erkennen, das flüssige Substanzen kaum kompressibel sind. Die kritische Temperatur darf nicht verwechselt werden mit der Temperatur des Tripelpunkts (siehe p-T-Diagramm). Er kennzeichnet die Werte von Temperatur und Druck, bei der alle Phasen (fest - flüssig - gasförmig) gleichzeitig vorliegen. Hinweise und Ideen:Bei welcher Temperatur kocht Wasser auf dem Mount Everest? Sog. “Dampfdrucktabellen” geben Aufschluss darüber. Interessant wäre auch der Hinweis auf die Phasenwandlungspunkte als Haltepunkte der Temperatur. Beim Phasenübergang von flüssig nach gasförmig führt die zugeführte Energie zunächst nicht zur Temperaturerhöhung. Ebenso beim Schmelzen von Eis. Erst wenn alles Wasser verdampft bzw. geschmolzen ist, steigt die Temperatur weiter.


Dieses Material ist Teil einer Sammlung

Bild

Siemens Stiftung

;: Chemical energy

Chart:
Chemical energy as binding energy between atoms (as a potential curve in the illustration).

Chemical energy is present both in the bond between atoms and molecules as well as in the potential for chemical bonding. This energy can be released in the form of heat during the bonding process or when those bonds are broken. This "heat of reaction" is also referred to as reaction enthalpy (H). The release of heat (dH < 0) is referred to as an exothermic reaction. An endothermic reaction is when heat is absorbed (dH > 0).
Every mixture of source materials that can react to produce end products can be regarded as a potential source of chemical energy.
Microscopically speaking, this chemical energy can be found in the bonds between individual atoms, as illustrated in the potential curve.

Information and ideas:
Chemical energy is a form of energy that is easy to store - whether in the human body or in batteries. An additional example is hydrogen as a chemical energy store for renewable energy sources.