Van Helmont's Investigation into plant growth. KS3 or GCSE.

This is a worksheet for students to analyse data from Van Helmont’s investigation. It can be used as an introduction to photosynthesis or as an exercise in understanding the scientific method. The unique feature of this is information is given from the original writings and teachers have found this gives an extra stretch and challenge to the problems set. More questions than those given can be added. Could be useful for KS3 or KS4.
I have just added a link to a video which gives the background to his investigation and has notes on the video from the Science and Plants for Schools website.


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Created: Nov 1, 2016

Updated: Mar 5, 2019


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