Topics Explored: Asbestos History, Human Health, Indoor Air Pollution
This case study explores the human health hazards of asbestos through the history of the largest U.S. asbestos manufacturer, the Johns-Manville Company, and the aftermath challenges of inspecting, sampling, and removing asbestos. As a bonus, we included information on the major indoor air pollutants. Answer key included.
Case Study: Asbestos (Teacher & Student Edition)
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(1 Teacher Edition and 1 Student Edition)
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):
HS-LS2-2. Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales.
AP® Environmental Science Learning Objectives:
7.5 Identify indoor air pollutants. Indoor air pollutants that are classified as particulates include asbestos, dust, and smoke. Indoor air pollutants can come from natural sources, human-made sources, and combustion. Common natural source indoor air pollutants include radon, mold, and dust.
AP® Environmental Science Practices:
Practice 1: Explain environmental concepts, processes, and models presented in written format.
Practice 2: Analyze visual representations of environmental concepts and processes.
Practice 3: Analyze sources of information about environmental issues.
Practice 4: Analyze research studies that test environmental principles.
Practice 5: Analyze and interpret quantitative data represented in tables, charts, and graphs.
Practice 6: Apply quantitative methods to address environmental concepts.
Practice 7: Propose and justify solutions to environmental problems.
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