Classroom Resources: Electrochemistry


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  • Atomic Spectra, Electrons, Redox Reaction, Gas Laws, Temperature, Volume, Pressure | High School

    Lesson Plan: Fireworks Emergency Lesson

    In this lesson, students will learn about electron structure, spectroscopy, gas laws, redox reactions, thermochemistry, and safety through reading the highly rated ChemMatters article, Fireworks! The lesson includes several activities to help promote literacy in the science classroom related to the reading. This lesson could be easily used as an emergency lesson plan for a substitute teacher, as most of the activities are self-guided.

  • Galvanic Cells, Redox Reaction, Oxidation, Reduction, Anode, Cathode, History | High School

    Lesson Plan: Columbia Dry Cell Battery

    In this lesson, students will learn about electrochemistry and electric cells (batteries) by reading an article and engaging in related activities. The activities help promote literacy in the science classroom. Parts of this lesson could be used as plans for a substitute teacher.

  • Titrations, Indicators, Accuracy, Dimensional Analysis, Error Analysis, Measurements, Significant Figures, Concentration, Redox Reaction, Reduction, Oxidation | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Vitamin C Quality Control

    In this lesson, students will learn about a career in the skilled technical workforce, develop skills utilized in a quality control lab, and obtain data that may not have a clear “right answer.” For example, though many over-the-counter medications and vitamins state the amount of active ingredient, any individual tablet may have between 97 to 103% of the stated label claim. In addition, any products past the expiry date may have less due to potential decomposition. Students practice scientific communication by reporting their findings in a professional manner.

  • Redox Reaction, Oxidation, Reduction, Half Reactions, Reaction Rate, Reaction Rate | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Stop The Science: Redox Regulation

    In this lab, students will investigate oxidation-reduction reactions while creating a complex picture using reactions of copper solutions on aluminum foil. Students will also apply previous knowledge of reaction rate to adjust concentrations, allowing for artistic expression such as shadowing and layering in their artwork.

  • Activity Series, Redox Reaction, Half Reactions, Oxidation, Reduction, Chemical Change, Predicting Products | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: The Corrosion of Iron

    In this lab, students will investigate the process of corrosion, a redox reaction, by analyzing how iron nails react in varied environments. Students will combine their prior knowledge with research about the reactivity of metals to make predictions in advance of the lab investigation.

  • Galvanic Cells, Half Reactions, Anode, Cathode, Reduction, Oxidation, Redox Reaction, Electron Transfer, Electrons, Electricity, Spontaneous Reactions , Spontaneous vs. Non-spontaneous Reactions, Electrolytic Cells | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Animation Activity: Galvanic Cells

    In this activity, students will view an animation that explores how a galvanic cell works on a particulate level. Copper and zinc are the chemicals depicted in the spontaneous reaction. The transfer of electrons and involvement of the salt bridge are highlighted, in addition to the half reactions that take place for Zn (Zn → Zn2+ + 2 e-) and Cu (2 e- + Cu2+ → Cu).

  • Reduction, Redox Reaction, Reduction Potentials, Galvanic Cells, Oxidation, Half Reactions, Cathode, Anode, Electron Transfer, Electrons, Concentration, Molarity, Net Ionic Equation, Nernst Equation | High School

    Simulation: Galvanic/Voltaic Cells 2

    In this simulation, students can create a variety of standard and non-standard condition galvanic/voltaic cells. Students will choose the metal and solution for each half cell, as well as the concentration of those solutions. They can build concentration cells and other non-standard cells, record the cell potential from the voltmeter, and observe the corresponding oxidation and reduction half reactions.

  • Galvanic Cells, Reduction Potentials, Redox Reaction, Half Reactions, Electrons, Electron Transfer, Anode, Cathode, Oxidation, Reduction, Concentration, Net Ionic Equation, Molarity, Nernst Equation | High School

    Activity: Simulation Activity: Non-Standard Galvanic Cells

    In this activity, students will use a simulation to create a variety of non-standard condition galvanic/voltaic cells. This simulation allows students to choose the metal and solution for each half cell, as well as the concentration of those solutions. Students will build concentration cells and other non-standard cells and record the cell potential from the voltmeter. They will compare the results of different data sets, write net ionic equations, and describe electron flow through a galvanic/voltaic cell from anode to cathode as well as the direction of migration of ions, anions towards the anode and cations towards the cathode.

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

    Activity: Simulation Activity: Galvanic/Voltaic Cells

    In this activity, students will use a simulation to create a variety of galvanic/voltaic cells with different electrodes. They will record the cell potential from the voltmeter and will use their data to determine the reduction potential of each half reaction. Students will also identify anodes and cathodes, write half reaction equations and full chemical equations, and view what is happening in each half cell and the salt bridge on a molecular scale.

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

    Simulation: Galvanic/Voltaic Cells

    In this simulation, students select different metals and aqueous solutions to build a galvanic/voltaic cell that generates electrical energy and observe the corresponding oxidation and reduction half reactions.

  • Review, Culminating Project, Mixtures, Separating Mixtures, Beer's Law, Concentration, Conductivity, Redox Reaction, Half Reactions, pH, Titrations, Buffers, Indicators, Ionic Bonding, Covalent Bonding, Alloys, Percent Composition, Le Châtelier's Principle, Enthalpy, Calorimetry | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: AP Chemistry Experimental Evidence Review

    In this lesson, students will evaluate data from 16 simulated lab experiments that were designed to mirror the Recommended Labs from the College Board. Corresponding lab experiments and demonstration options have also been included for teacher reference.

  • Classification of Reactions, Redox Reaction, Activity Series, Oxidation, Reduction | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Investigating Oxidation-Reduction Reactions

    In this lab, students will observe, classify and predict the products of single replacement, combination and decomposition reactions and provide a rationale for how reactions are classified using evidence from the lab and classroom.

  • Electricity, Anode, Cathode, Galvanic Cells, Redox Reaction, Renewable Energy | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Hybrid and Electric Cars Video Questions

    In this activity, students will watch a video and answer related questions about the chemistry of batteries as they are used to power hybrid and electric cars. Students will learn about the basics of electricity, as well as how batteries function as a source of electricity.

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

  • Chemical Change, Activity Series, Redox Reaction, Chemical Change, Physical Change | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Demonstration: Understanding the Discrepant Reactivity of Copper in the Presence of Strong Acids

    In this demonstration, students practice their observation skills during the additions of different acids to two test tubes containing copper. The activity is structured to allow students to make thoughtful remarks about what they observe, using rich indicators of both chemical and physical properties and changes. In subsequent lessons on new concepts, students can reflect back on their observations to rationalize the discrepant results of the reactions in the demonstration.

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

  • Electrolytic Cells, Galvanic Cells, Electrolysis, Redox Reaction, Gibb's Free Energy | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Exploration of Electrolytic Cells

    In this lesson, students will build several electrolytic cells, discuss and diagram their cells to further their understanding of electrolysis, and use qualitative and quantitative analysis of the electrolysis of potassium iodide. Finally, students will practice and be assessed on their knowledge of electrolysis on AP exam-level questioning.

  • Redox Reaction, Galvanic Cells | High School

    Lesson Plan: Galvanic Cell Exploration

    In this lesson, students will build their understanding of redox reactions and galvanic cells. Using both a lab activity and an animated simulation, students will investigate these types of cells (and the redox reactions that drive them) at both a macroscopic and particle level to connect how particle-level interactions can explain macroscopic observations.

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

  • Classification of Reactions, Balancing Equations, Stoichiometry, Redox Reaction, Net Ionic Equation | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Inquiry Redox Investigation

    In this lab, students perform a simple redox reaction using an iron nail and copper(II) chloride solution. They will consider both quantitative and qualitative data collected during the reaction in order to attempt to explain what happened. Students will also create particle diagrams and determine mole ratios of various species in the reaction.

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

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

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. 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

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

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