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AP Environmental Science Collaborates with Auto-Tech

AP Environmental Science students work with Auto Tech students to test exhaust.

Automobile exhaust is one of the main pollution problems in modern society. The AP environmental science class tested the emissions from different student’s vehicles.

With the Gastec equipment, they tested the levels of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and nitrous oxide released from the varying vehicle models. The results showed a range in the levels of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide.

The class looked at a variety of vehicles through this lab such as a diesel truck to a 2014 Jeep Compass. Surprisingly, discovering that the diesel was not as bad when it comes to carbon monoxide emissions, but released very high levels of carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide.

After gathering the data, the students discussed normal levels of gases released with Mr. Mayhew and his auto-tech class. Mr. Mayhew and his students introduced new tools and equipment that can be used to test gas emissions.

He also gave insight on the causes of these increased emissions and solutions to control the pollution produced by the cars.


Written by: Robert Fisher, Krupa Parikh, and Michele Helms
Posted: May 20, 2014 by Deb Christensen

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