Classroom Resources: Electrochemistry


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  • Catalysts, Reduction, Combustion, Redox Reaction, Oxidation, Activation Energy | High School

    Activity: Catalytic Converters Video Questions

    In this activity, students will watch a video and answer related questions about the role of a catalytic converter and its corresponding chemical reactions within a vehicle. Students will learn about both oxidation and reduction reactions as well as the purpose of a catalyst.

  • Redox Reaction, Classification of Reactions, Exothermic & Endothermic, Oxidation, Spontaneous Reactions , Spontaneous Reactions | High School

    Demonstration: Potassium Permanganate Volcano

    In this demonstration, glycerol is oxidized by using potassium permanganate as a catalyst. This gives off a tremendous amount of heat, light, and gas as a volcano of purple flames emit. It is an excellent way to introduce exothermic reactions and discuss spontaneous reactions.

  • Reduction, Stoichiometry, Redox Reaction, Titrations, Oxidation, Half Reactions, Oxidation Number | High School

    Lesson Plan: Redox Reactions & Titrations

    This lesson students will review oxidation states, half-reactions, balancing reactions and understand how to complete calculations and perform a redox titration.

  • Precipitate, Reaction Rate, Reduction, Redox Reaction, Chemical Change, Oxidation, Solubility Rules | High School

    Lesson Plan: Removing Copper Stains from Masonry

    In this lab, students investigate the use of milk of magnesia poultice to remove copper stains on masonry in copper architecture. They use chalk as the model for masonry, copper(II) chloride solution as a model for soluble copper and a freshly prepared slurry of copper phosphate as a model for a hard stain of copper on masonry. Through a series of investigations students have the opportunity to connect chemistry topics with real-world applications, such as environmental hazards, engineering practices of copper architecture, corrosion control, and structural protection.

  • Renewable Energy, Electricity, Reduction, Redox Reaction, Oxidation, Photosynthesis, Electron Transfer | High School

    Lesson Plan: Color Solar Power!

    In this lesson students will make a dye-sensitized solar cell (also known as DSC or Gratzel cell) using extracts from blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, red cabbage, strawberries, beetroot, spinach and dried hibiscus petals. Students will measure the voltage and the current of various light sources using the created solar cells and then compare the effectiveness of each.

  • Concentration, Reaction Rate, Reduction, Redox Reaction, Chemical Change, Oxidation, Beer's Law | High School

    Lesson Plan: Rustbusters! A Lab Activity on Corrosion

    In this lesson students learn about factors affecting the rate of corrosion and evaluate the efficiency of different protective coatings to simulate products used in industry when building metal structures like ships or bridges.

  • Balancing Equations, Reduction, Activity Series, Redox Reaction, Chemical Change, Oxidation | High School

    Lesson Plan: Single Displacement Reactions with Test Tube Diagrams

    In this lesson students will perform and analyze two single displacement reactions and prepare and manipulate Test Tube Diagrams to depict the activity at the molecular level. Using manipulatives representing individual ions, atoms and molecules for the various reactants and products, they will accurately represent species in the solid, gaseous and aqueous states by correlating the Test Tube Diagram to the complete ionic equation for each reaction. They will determine the reactants and products responsible for color, as well as identify which species is oxidized and which is reduced.

  • Intermolecular Forces, Molecular Structure, Reduction, Redox Reaction, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Law of Conservation of Energy, Oxidation, Half Reactions, Oxidation Number | High School

    Lesson Plan: Fading Away

    In this lesson students will explore photodegradation of color. First, students will view how fading of paint has affected Van Gogh’s great works of art and the efforts that are being taken to conserve these works. While exploring, students will actively engage in research to relate the fading process to redox reactions, X-Ray diffraction, solute-solvent interactions, and light/energy calculations. Students will then act as an Engineering Task Force and brainstorm to identify how photodegradation affects modern day objects and plan how to address their fading in an effort to market to the airliner Jetstar

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Net Ionic Equation, Reduction, Activity Series, Redox Reaction, Oxidation | High School

    Lab: Fine Art of Redox

    In this lab, students will use the activity series to verify the outcome of a chemical reaction.

  • Catalysts, Reduction, Combustion, Redox Reaction, Activation Energy, Oxidation | High School, Middle School, Elementary School

    Video: Catalytic Converters Video

    This video investigates the role of a catalytic converter and its corresponding chemical reactions within a vehicle. Students will learn about both oxidation and reduction reactions and how they, in combination with a catalyst, can impact the molecules released in a car’s exhaust.

  • Reduction, Redox Reaction, Oxidation, Half Reactions, Cathode, Anode | High School

    Activity: What Powers Your World?

    In this activity, students will assess the battery power sources for electronic devices they use each day, and then relate the information to their study of oxidation-reduction reactions and electrochemistry.

  • Reduction, Redox Reaction, Galvanic Cells, Oxidation, Half Reactions, Cathode, Anode, Electron Transfer, Electrons | High School

    Lesson Plan: How Fuel Cells Work

    In this lesson students will investigate how fuel cells provide energy in modern cars. Students will have the opportunity to explore redox reactions, through both an online animation and a simulation in order to understand the potential of a fuel cell.

  • Reduction, Redox Reaction, Reduction Potentials, Galvanic Cells, Dimensional Analysis, Exothermic & Endothermic, Oxidation, Half Reactions, Cathode, Anode, Gibb's Free Energy , Spontaneous Reactions , Electron Transfer, Electrons, Spontaneous vs. Non-spontaneous Reactions, Spontaneous Reactions | High School

    Lesson Plan: How Far Can We Go?

    In this lesson students compare energy densities of lead acid and lithium ion batteries to understand the relationship between electrochemical cell potentials and utilization of stored chemical energy.

  • Net Ionic Equation, Reduction, Redox Reaction, Galvanic Cells, Oxidation, Half Reactions, Cathode, Anode, Electron Transfer, Electrons, 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.

  • Reduction, Percent Yield, Activity Series, Stoichiometry, Redox Reaction, Classification of Reactions, Mole Concept, Chemical Change, Dimensional Analysis, Measurements, Oxidation, Error Analysis | High School

    Lab: Extracting Copper From Ore

    In this lab, students extract copper from copper carbonate using two different methods, and then determine which industrial method is most effective.

  • Electricity, Reduction, Activity Series, Redox Reaction, Reduction Potentials, Oxidation, Electron Transfer, Electrons | High School

    Lab: Reactivity & Electrochemistry

    In this lab, students will relate cell potential to the activity series.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Reduction, Activity Series, Redox Reaction, Galvanic Cells, Chemical Change, Oxidation, Half Reactions, Electron Transfer, Electrons | High School

    Lesson Plan: Exploring Automotive Corrosion

    In this lesson students will investigate the galvanic corrosion that can occur when different metals come in contact with each other in modern cars.

  • Balancing Equations, Reduction, Electrolysis, Redox Reaction, Exothermic & Endothermic, Oxidation, Half Reactions, Cathode, Anode, Electron Transfer | High School

    Lab: Electrolysis of Water

    In this lab, students will perform the electrolysis of water using a battery, test tubes, thumbtacks, and a plastic cup.

  • Molecular Formula, Molecular Structure, Molecular Structure , Functional Groups, Oxidation, Saturated vs. Unsaturated | High School

    Lesson Plan: Chocolate: The New Health Food

    Explore emergency lesson plans from ChemMatters magazine.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, History, Reduction, Redox Reaction, Oxidation | High School

    Demonstration: Nitric Acid Acts Upon Copper

    In this demonstration, students will hear a story about Ira Remsen and watch a demonstration that recreates her first experiment reacting nitric acid with a copper penny.

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