Mrs. Shimp's 

"The Chemistry Behind Cooking"

 WebQuest

 


Introduction | The Task | Resources | The Process | Learning Advice | Conclusion


Introduction

The talented chef Emeril Lagasse has asked you and a few of your friends to appear on his cooking show to present the background behind "The Chemistry of Cooking".   Emeril will be specializing in desserts for the cooking show.   In order to provide an interesting and informative show, you must research how solutions, thermochemistry, chemical reactions and the gas laws are involved in cooking.


The Task

You will use information on solutions (concentrations, saturation, phase changes), thermochemistry, chemical reactions and the gas laws to inform your audience of the "Chemistry Behind Cooking".  In order to do this you will:


Resources

Sites to help with Gas Laws:

Sites to help with Solutions info:

Sites to help with Thermochemistry of Ice Cream:

Sites to help with Chemical Reactions:


The Process

  1. Working in a group of 2 - 3 people, take a look at the provided web sites to get some basic information on how the following aspects of chemistry (chemical reactions, thermochemistry, solutions, and the gas laws) are related to cooking.  Also, look at the web pages and your notes to make the connections with the terms.
  2. Start putting your pamphlet together.  Remember that you need the following pages:
  3. Make sure that you give credit to any web page or book author whose information you used in your pamphlet.  You may also use pictures from the web, but once again, you must give credit.
  4. Turn in your pamphlet ON TIME!

Learning Advice

  1. Get your background information first before you start putting your pamphlet together.  
  2. Make a timeline for your group and stick to it.  
  3. Keep your data organized.
  4. Work together so that all group members know ALL of the information, not just small chunks.  (translate -->  Don't break up the work, "You do this, I'll do that")
  5. Do not miss class during this project!

Conclusion

Congratulations!  You have finished your pamphlet!  Turn it in by the deadline and it will be graded by the following rubric:

Grade:

Requirements:

A Neatly typed, organized.  All five required pages are present, 6th page shows creativity and/or extra interesting information.  Information on the thermochemistry of ice-cream, how gas laws are related to the pressurization of whipped cream, and how solutions are involved in cooking is accurate, appropriate, and complete.  
B Neatly typed, organized.   All five required pages are present, 6th page shows only some creativity and/or extra interesting information.  Information on the thermochemistry of ice-cream, how gas laws are related to the pressurization of whipped cream, and how solutions are involved in cooking is accurate, appropriate, and complete.  
C Neatly typed, organized.   At least five of the 6 pages are present.  Information on the thermochemistry of ice-cream, how gas laws are related to the pressurization of whipped cream, and how solutions are involved in cooking is accurate, appropriate, and complete.  
D Neatly typed or handwritten, somewhat organized.   At least four of the 6 pages are present.  Information on the thermochemistry of ice-cream, how gas laws are related to the pressurization of whipped cream, and how solutions are involved in cooking is mostly accurate, appropriate, and complete.  
F Typed or handwritten, lack of organization.   Only three of the 6 pages are present, Information on the thermochemistry of ice-cream, how gas laws are related to the pressurization of whipped cream, and how solutions are involved in cooking is lacking in accuracy, appropriateness, and completeness.

Introduction | The Task | Resources | The Process | Learning Advice | Conclusion


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Last updated: March 3, 2003

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