Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics
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Isomers, Intermolecular Forces, Molecular Geometry, Molecular Structure, Intermolecular Forces, Boiling Point, Melting Point, Phase Changes, Isomers, Molecular Structure , Distillation, Separating Mixtures, Physical Properties | High School
Lesson Plan: Structural Isomers
In this activity, students will use models to explore structural isomers, and create explanations for the impact of structure on intermolecular forces (London dispersion) and physical properties (boiling point).
Observations, Separating Mixtures, Mixtures, Interdisciplinary, Physical Properties, Scientific Method | High School, Middle School
Activity: How Do We Clean Up An Oil Spill
In this activity, students simulate an oil spill and test different materials’ ability to “clean” the oil spill.
Gas Laws, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Ideal Gas, Temperature, Volume, Pressure, Density, Density, Experimental Design, Scientific Method | High School, Middle School
Activity: Hot Air Balloon
In this activity, students use their knowledge of Charles’ law to build a hot air balloon and evaluate its design.
Molecular Formula, Empirical Formula, History, Interdisciplinary | High School
Activity: Herbal Remedies
In this activity, students learn how the modern atomic theory evolved. They further their understanding of empirical and molecular formulas through research and a presentation of an herbal remedy.
Physical Change, Intermolecular Forces, Heating Curve, Phase Changes, Graphing, Heat, Exothermic & Endothermic, Temperature, Freezing Point, Melting Point | High School
Lab: Heating & Cooling Curve
In this lab, students will create a phase change graph by adding and removing heat to observe and record data during actual phase changes.
Culminating Project | High School
Activity: Stop-Motion Video
In this activity, students will pick a concept to bring to life in a stop-motion video.
Combustion, Chemical Change, Catalysts, Acid Base Reactions, Chemical Change, Balancing Equations, Classification of Reactions, Observations, Chemical Change | High School, Middle School
Demonstration: Stop & Go Gases
In this demonstration, students will witness the ability of carbon dioxide to extinguish a flame and oxygen to feed a flame. They will also be introduced to the concept of catalysts. This demonstration could also be used as an opportunity to practice writing and balancing equations and classifying chemical reactions.
Temperature, History, Interdisciplinary, Chemical Change, Temperature, Heat | Middle School, High School
Lab: Greenhouse Gas Simulation
In this lab, students will create two simulations of the Earth’s atmosphere. They will compare a control model with a one that has an increased presence of carbon dioxide gas in order to analyze how this effects temperature. They will also complete research in order to learn more about the makeup of the Earth’s atmosphere.
Density, Physical Properties, Graphing, Interdisciplinary, Observations, Error Analysis, Measurements, Error Analysis | High School
Lab: Graphing Density
In this lab, students will collect data and then use graphing to determine the density values of unknown metal samples.
Reaction Rate, Graphing, Temperature, Concentration | High School, Middle School
Lab: Starch-Iodine Clock Reaction
In this lab, students perform an iodine clock reaction to determine how concentration and temperature effect the reaction rate.
Accuracy, Measurements, Error Analysis, Accuracy, Error Analysis | High School
Lab: Glassware Accuracy
In this lab, students use different types of laboratory glassware to measure 50 mL of water and determine the accuracy of each piece of glassware.
Polymers, Physical Properties, Molecular Structure, Experimental Design, Scientific Method, History, Interdisciplinary | High School
Lesson Plan: Give Your Car Some Bounce
In this lesson students will learn about polymerization, specifically as it pertains to rubber tires and other materials in a vehicle. Students will take on the role of an engineer, and will investigate physical properties of different polymers and/or elastomers to determine the best material to use for an assigned product.
Solubility, Intermolecular Forces, Intermolecular Forces, Mixtures, Intramolecular Forces, Polarity, Observations, Physical Properties, Chemical Properties, Identifying an Unknown, Mixtures | High School
Lab: Solubility & Compound Type
In this lesson, students determine whether unknown substances are polar, nonpolar, or ionic by testing their solubilities.
Gas Laws, Pressure, Volume, Temperature, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Graphing | High School, Middle School
Activity: Simulation Activity: Gas Laws
In this simulation, students will investigate three of the fundamental gas laws, including Boyle’s Law, Charles’ Law and Gay-Lussac’s Law. Students will have the opportunity to visually examine the effect of changing the associated variables of pressure, volume, or temperature in each situation. Also, students will analyze the gas samples at the particle level as well as manipulate quantitative data in each scenario. Finally students will interpret trends in the data by examining the graph associated with each of the gas laws. This lesson accompanies the simulation from the November 2015 issue of Chemistry Solutions.
Density, Pressure, Temperature, Volume, Density, Error Analysis, Error Analysis, Measurements | High School
Lab: Gas Density and Relative Molecular Mass
In this lab, students will quantitatively determine the densities of four gases.
Reaction Rate, Chemical Change, Reaction Rate, Observations | Middle School, Elementary School, High School
Demonstration: Simple Kinetics
In this demonstration, students will see that different food dyes react with bleach at different rates.
Intermolecular Forces, Mixtures, Intermolecular Forces, Colligative Properties, Freezing Point Depression, Solubility, Polarity, Phase Changes, Freezing Point, Density, Mixtures, Physical Properties | High School
Lesson Plan: Fuel Line Antifreeze
In this lesson students will explore the role of a gasoline additive, fuel line antifreeze (generally methanol or 2‑propanol), in reducing the potential of water to block fuel lines in freezing weather. Students will prepare test tube models of water-contaminated fuel tanks and explore the effect of adding different types of fuel line antifreeze. This lesson can be used to bolster concepts about miscibility, density, intermolecular forces, phase changes (freezing), and colligative properties (freezing point depression).
Separating Mixtures, Physical Change, Mixtures, Physical Properties, Experimental Design, Scientific Method, Error Analysis | High School, Middle School
Lab: Separation of a Mixture
In this lab, students devise their own method to separate a mixture of sand, salt, poppy seeds, and iron filings.
Distillation, Intermolecular Forces, Separating Mixtures, Observations, Physical Properties, Polarity, Cracking, Intermolecular Forces, Boiling Point, Balancing Equations | High School
Lesson Plan: Fractional Distillation of Crude Oil
In this lesson, students will be introduced to simple distillation while expanding their knowledge of intermolecular forces. Once a simple distillation has been accomplished in the lab, students will then research the various products of fractional distillation of crude oil and report on one of those products.
Indicators, Acid Base Reactions, Chemical Change, Observations | High School, Elementary School, Middle School
Demonstration: Secret Message
In this lesson, students will observe a hidden message while understanding simple acid/base chemistry and indicators.
Culminating Project | High School
Activity: Second Semester Projects
In this project, students will choose a topic and express their knowledge using a medium that they feel suits their style.
Galvanic Cells, Reduction, Oxidation, Half Reactions, Cathode, Anode, Redox Reaction, Electrons, Electron Transfer, Net Ionic Equation, Error Analysis | High School
Lab: Four-Way Galvanic Cell
In this lab, students will build a simple galvanic cell to measure cell potential and will compare their data to theoretical calculations. Students will become more familiar with cells during this opportunity to investigate and compare numerous electrochemistry reactions.
Atomic Theory, History, Interdisciplinary, Culminating Project, Model of the Atom | High School, Middle School
Activity: Scientist Infographic
In this activity, students will design and publish an infographic focused on a well-known scientist and their contribution to the development of the atomic model.
Atomic Spectra, Activity Series, Emission Spectrum, Ions, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Emission Spectrum, Observations, Inferences | High School
Lab: Flame Test: Going Further
In this lab, students will investigate the colors produced when several mixtures of metallic ions are placed in a flame.
Density, Observations, Chemical Change, Combustion | High School
Demonstration: Fish Tank Carbon Dioxide
In this demonstration, students watch as a reaction between baking soda and vinegar produces carbon dioxide, which then causes lit candles to extinguish.
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