Emission Control and Air Pollution


  • Michalinos Zembylas

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Cooperating teachers

  • Fred Dittman
  • Jim Cuci
  • Cathy Ciolac


  • Gather and analyze data to answer relevant questions, and communicate results and conclusions to an audience using traditional methods and contemporary technology.
  • Describe and analyze the effects of vehicle emissions on the environment, develop an understanding of testing procedures for vehicle emissions and the existent regulations (state and national), and discover ways they can contribute to decreasing air pollution in their community.
  • Conduct research using a variety of sources (written, oral, electronic etc.) and use contemporary technology to produce documents of publication for specific purposes and audiences.


  • Internet resources
  • Use of database and spreadsheet software programs
  • Graphic calculators (e.g., TI-82)
  • E-mail

Related Courses

  • Ecology
  • Freshman Life Science

Links to standards

  • National Science Education Standards:
    Content Standards: 9-12
    (a) Science as Inquiry :
    (b) Science and Technology:
    (c) Science in Personal and Social Perspectives:
  • NCTM Standards:
    Standard 1: Mathematics as Problem Solving
    Standard 2: Mathematics as Communication
    Standard 3: Mathematics as Reasoning
    Standard 4: Mathematical Connections
    Standard 13: Patterns and Relationships
  • Illinois Learning Standards:
    Mathematics: (a) 10.A.4a. (b) 10.B.4.
    Science: (a) Goal 11 (b) 12.B.4a.: (c) 13.A.5c. (d) 13.B.5d.
    English Language Arts: (a) 1.C.5f. (b) 2.B.4a. (c) 3.B.5.
    (d) 3.C.5a. (e) 4.B.5a.
    Social Science: (a) 15.C.4b. (b) 15.D.5c.
    Fine Arts: (a) 26.B.4d.


  • Day 1: Activities
  • Day 2: Automobile Emissions: An Overview
    Exhaust Emission Test Report (for Davea students)
  • Days 3 and 4: Analyze the Data
  • Day 5: Final Evaluation and Extension Activities
    How Can I Pass my Emissions Test?