Rend Lake College
General Chemistry (Chemistry 101)
This module describes the relationship between the gas laws of Boyle, Charles, Dalton,
and Henry and their application to SCUBA diving. The associated chemistry lectures are
supplemented with information from two separate websites, one dealing with the physics
of buoyancy, and the second dealing directly with the four basic gas laws covered in every
introductory chemistry course.
The site titled SCUBA Diving Explained and the accompanying book of the same name are
outstanding. Students are given accurate information in a fun-filled context. Self-tests are
provided as well as questions and answers concerning the chemistry, physics, and physiology
of SCUBA diving. This lesson also involves the demonstration of a dive computer and the data
it collects as an interactive lab in the college's aquatic center.
This module would also be applicable to introductory physical science, physiology, and
environmental science or even physical education.