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Types of Chemical Reactions

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 17:23 -- Deanna Cullen

I expect that most high school chemistry teachers assign some type of laboratory related to types of chemical reactions including synthesis, decomposition, single replacement and double replacement reactions. I have used several published versions, but I am sharing my modifications.

Time required: 

20 minutes prep, 40 minutes laboratory, 15-20 minutes discussion

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Work sheet to accompany orbital viewer program

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 09:12 -- Tom Kuntzleman

Orbital Viewer, written by David Manthey, is a fantastic program for displaying electronic orbitals.  You can read more about the program here.  I have my students use Orbital Viewer when learning about quantum numbers and their associated rules, electronic orbitals, and other quantum concepts.  I have developed a worksheet that allows students to use Orbital Viewer to explore various concepts related to electronic orbitals.  You can download this worksheet and answer key below.  I would very much appreciate you letting me know if

Time required: 

My freshman chemistry students take somewhere between 30 and 90 minutes to complete the worksheet. 

Homogeneous Solutions using PhET Interactive Simulations and labs

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 15:19 -- Trish Loeblein

This is a series of experiments, PhET Interactive Simulation activities, and clicker questions to relate macroscopic and molecular representations of homogenenous solutions. Graphing skills are also used.

Time required: 

This is a combination of activities that will take several class periods or a few class periods and homework if students have computer access outside of classtime. 

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Energizer Lab

Wed, 10/10/2012 - 14:58 -- Deanna Cullen

Students proceed through a prior knowledge activity, practice creating and using a voltaic cell and use of a model designed to simulate the particulate level activity within a voltaic cell. The teacher checks for student understanding at specific points as groups work together. A discussion follows to help clarify ideas.

Time required: 

About one 60 minute class period for lab and manipulative procedure.

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