Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics
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Interdisciplinary, Graphing  High School
Activity: Insect Investigators
In this activity, students will learn that insects can be used as a tool in a criminal investigation to predict the time of death of a person or an animal by a Forensic Entomologist. Students will analyze and graph multiple data sets related to the life cycle of a blow fly in order to better understand how the blow fly can be used as evidence in an investigation.

Interdisciplinary, Graphing  Middle School, High School
Simulation: Graphing
In this simulation, students will be introduced to good graphing techniques and how to interpret data presented in a graph. They are introduced to the TAILS acronym (Title, Axes, Intervals, Labels, Scale) to help them remember how to set up a graph and the concepts of line of best fit, positive and negative correlation, and interpolating and extrapolating. Then students complete a sixquestion quiz on these topics.

Interdisciplinary, Graphing  Middle School, High School
Activity: Simulation Activity: Graphing
In this activity, students will use a simulation to learn good graphing techniques, as well as how to interpret data presented in a graph. They will take a quiz in the simulation, and then have an opportunity to put their graphing skills to work and generate their own graph using sample data.

Observations, Physical Properties, Interdisciplinary, Review, Culminating Project, Balancing Equations, Chemical Change, Exothermic & Endothermic, Calorimetry, Heat, Specific Heat, Temperature, Mole Concept, Dimensional Analysis, Measurements, Law of Conservation of Energy, Chemical Properties, Enthalpy, Graphing  High School
Project: Handwarmer Design Challenge
In this project, students will use their knowledge of thermodynamics to design a handwarmer for a manufacturing company that can maintain a temperature of 3040°C for at least 5 minutes and is designed for the average human hand. Students will create a final product after rounds of testing and an advertising poster that summarizes the results of their testing and promotes their design.

Equilibrium Constants, Establishing Equilibrium, Reaction Quotient, Graphing  High School
Activity: Shaking Dice to Model Equilibrium Principles
In this activity, students work together in small groups using a variety of multisided dice to model the dynamic character of a chemical equilibrium. Students will collect, share and analyze data in order to understand that the rate of a chemical reaction depends on the concentration of reactants (and products) as modelled by the different sided dice.

Observations, Introduction, Lab Safety, Scientific Method, Graphing, Experimental Design  Middle School, High School
Lab: Applying the Scientific Method to Stain Removal
In this lab, students will explore the real scientific process by designing an experiment to solve a problem. Students will learn about basic lab equipment, safety, and the scientific process of trial and error while solving a common problem: What color of food coloring requires the most bleach to remove?

Observations, Lab Safety, Scientific Method, Graphing, Experimental Design  Middle School, High School
Lab: Mentos and Soda Investigations
In this lab, students will design their own experiment in which they manipulate a variable that relates to Mentos and soda. Students will generate a testable question, design an experiment, collect and analyze the data and present their findings.

Observations, Solubility, Physical Change, Solute & Solvent, Precipitate, Identifying an Unknown, Chemical Change, Mixtures, Graphing, Error Analysis  Middle School, High School
Lab: Chemicals, Chromatography, and Crime!
In this lab, students will test “evidence” that has been collected from a crime scene. In order to determine if the victim was poisoned, students will perform a solubility and crystallization test on an unknown powder. Then, students will attempt to identify the culprit by using paper chromatography to analyze the lipstick from the potential criminals.

Concentration, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Graphing  High School
Lesson Plan: Determining the Time of Death
In this lesson, students will perform a flame test on a sample of vitreous humor (liquid found in the eyeball) in a forensic investigation. They will determine which element from the sample is used to determine the time of death. Then they will engineer a simple spectrophotometer to quantify that element. Evaluating a fake sample of vitreous humor in their spectrophotometer will help them determine the time of death for a hypothetical cadaver.

Scientific Method, Graphing, Experimental Design  Elementary School, Middle School
Activity: Graphing GlowintheDark Paint
In this activity, students will have the opportunity to review the scientific method, and analyze data from a scenario about glowinthedark paint. Additionally, students with create a graph to help them to interpret data.

Interdisciplinary, Heat, Temperature, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Radiation, Graphing, Experimental Design  Middle School, High School
Lesson Plan: The Ozone Layer
In this lesson, students will develop an explanation for the consequences of ozone depletion on Earth by planning and carrying out an investigation. Students will use analysis and interpretation of data to develop a model to explain the cause and effect of Ozone depletion on the planet Earth.

Density, Physical Properties, Physical Change, Chemical Change, Chemical Properties, Graphing, Alloys  Middle School, High School
Lesson Plan: The Captivating Chemistry of Coins
In this lesson, students will develop a better understanding of physical and chemical properties of matter by comparing the composition of different pennies. This is done by determining the density of different pennies which will be compared to the density of different metals.

Observations, Separating Mixtures, Solubility, Concentration, Precipitate, Identifying an Unknown, Molarity, Net Ionic Equation, Balancing Equations, Percent Yield, Stoichiometry, Limiting Reactant, Mole Concept, Dimensional Analysis, Graphing  High School
Lab: White Lab
In this lab, students use molarity concepts to review limiting reactant concepts mathematically, conceptually, and graphically. They can then carry out a follow up investigation to identify an unknown using concepts learned in the first investigation.

Reaction Rate, Order of Reaction , Graphing  High School
Lab: Kinetic Approach to Water Flow
This lab uses the principles of chemical kinetics without using a chemical reaction. It’s an effective means to introduce the important relationship between concentration and time at an introductory level. Students will have the opportunity to analyze data and make important connections through graphing their data.

Half Lives, Graphing  High School
Lab: Twizzler HalfLife
In this lab, students will better understand the concept of halflives.

Balancing Equations, Titrations, Indicators, Strong vs Weak, Acid Base Reactions, Graphing, Equivalence Point, pH  High School
Lab: Titration Curves
In this lab, students graphically observe a plot of micro acid/base titrations and determine the equivalence point of each plotted curve.

Density, Physical Properties, Measurements, Significant Figures, Scientific Method, Graphing, Error Analysis, Experimental Design, Error Analysis  High School
Lab: Investigating the Density of an Irregular Solid Object
In this lab, students will use common laboratory equipment to devise a method to measure the density of several irregular objects. They will then create a formal laboratory report using both their own data and data from the entire class.

Physical Properties, Identifying an Unknown, Intermolecular Forces, Molecular Structure, Scientific Method, Graphing, Error Analysis, Experimental Design  High School
Lesson Plan: The Importance of Motor Oil Viscosity in Optimal Car Functioning
In this lesson students will determine how temperature affects viscosity and relate the data to the structure of motor oil and the optimal functioning of a car.

Density, Gas Laws, Density, Pressure, Temperature, Chemical Change, Balancing Equations, Stoichiometry, Chemical Change, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Dimensional Analysis, Ideal Gas, Volume, Graphing  High School
Lesson Plan: The Gas Laws Unit Plan
The AACT high school classroom resource library and multimedia collection has everything you need to put together a unit plan for your classroom: lessons, activities, labs, projects, videos, simulations, and animations. We constructed a unit plan using AACT resources that is designed to teach the Gas Laws to your students.

Melting Point, Freezing Point, Phase Changes, Physical Change, Exothermic & Endothermic, Heat, Temperature, Intermolecular Forces, Heating Curve, Graphing  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.

Observations, Density, Physical Properties, Interdisciplinary, Measurements, Graphing, Error Analysis, 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.

Concentration, Reaction Rate, Temperature, Graphing  Middle School, High School
Lab: StarchIodine Clock Reaction
In this lab, students perform an iodine clock reaction to determine how concentration and temperature effect the reaction rate.

Gas Laws, Pressure, Temperature, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Volume, Graphing  Middle School, High 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 GayLussac’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.

Gas Laws, Temperature, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Ideal Gas, Volume, Accuracy, Graphing, Error Analysis  High School
Lab: Finding Absolute Zero
In this lab, students will experimentally determine the value for absolute zero in degrees Celsius.

Gas Laws, Pressure, Temperature, Volume, Graphing  High School
Lab: Exploring Gases
In this lab, students will investigate the relationship between the variables of temperature, volume and pressure. Students will engage in three lab station activities that each demonstrate a particular gas law. Students will interpret the results, graph data points and relate given data sets to each of the three gas laws.