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Study Jams! Acids and Bases
This video about pH will not leave a sour taste in your mouth! Through clear explanations and a little humor, upcoming chemists will learn the definitions and properties of acids and bases, as well as how pH is measured. This would make an engaging review assignment during a unit on the properties of matter.
5th - 9th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Acids and Bases
Acquaint your chemistry class with acids and bases by showing this bold and bright PowerPoint. Viewers learn about the characteristics of acids and bases and stop at intervals to answer several questions about what they are learning. Use this on the day that you introduce this topic, and follow it with laboratory exercises in which young chemists observe some of these characteristics up close.
8th - 12th Science
Using Environmental Models to Determine the Effect of Acid Rain on an Ecosystem
Demonstrate to your middle school science learners how chalk breaks down in a weak acid. Discuss what affects acidic rain might have on ecosystems. Lab groups then choose one of two questions: "How does acid precipitation affect an aquatic ecosystem?
7th - 8th Science
Is That Legal? A Case of Acid Rain
Develop an environmental case study! Elementary learners discover how a case study is used as an analysis tool. The goal of this activity is to show pupils how techniques of persuasion (including background, supporting evidence, storytelling, and call to action) are used to develop an argument for or against a topic.
4th - 6th Science
Color Changes with Acids and Bases
Getting back to the beginning of the unit, learners use reactions with red cabbage juice to determine if solutions are acidic, neutral, or basic. This is a straightforward and classic investigation, but what you will appreciate is the detail of procedures provide for both teachers and students.
3rd - 8th Science
Reactions of Metals with Water, Acid, and Air
Chemistry aces test samples of copper, iron, zinc, and magnesium metals in water, hydrochloric acid, and heat. The assignment is organized and the procedures easily followed. A data table and conclusion instructions are given for junior chemists to record in their science journals.
9th - 12th Science
Chapter 15 Review, Section 2: Acid-Base Titration and pH
Keep it simple with this chemistry assignment. Learners examine an acid-base titration graph and answer four questions about the data. Then they will balance neutralization equations and calculate molarity for several specific solutions. Give this to your class as homework or a quick review before a quiz on acid-base titration.
9th - 12th Science
The Effect of Acid Rain on Limestone
Pupils investigate the pH of rain water in this earth science lesson. They collect rain water from their area and explore the pH when lime stone is added, then they will use the data collected to conjecture as to the effect of acid rain on buildings and monuments.
6th - 9th Science CCSS: Designed
Simulated acid rain, a dilute sulfuric acid solution, needs to be prepared for this demonstration. After a condensed lecture on acid rain, you will apply the solution to a sample of granite and a sample of limestone. Your young scientists will create a data table in which to record the pH of the acid rain both before and after passing through the stone samples.
5th - 7th Science
The Acid Test
Learners prepare a test solution whose color changes when an acid or a base is added. They determine whether various household substances are acids or bases and look for patterns in the results. Students determine how their test solution compares to commerical acid-bases testers; and search for other test solutions.
6th - 8th Science
An acid/base indicator that's made of blended red cabbage and water is used to demonstrate the various reactions that an acid/base solution goes through when some carbon dioxide gas is added. The best way to add the carbon dioxide is to drop a piece of dry ice into the solution.
3 mins 4th - 9th Science
Conjugate Acids and Bases
This video introduces students to the concept of Conjugate Acids and Bases. The important point for students to grasp, and Sal does a nice job illustrating this point, is that for every conjugate acid/base pair, the weaker the acid, the stronger its base will be.
17 mins 7th - 10th Science
The picture of the DNA double helix provides a logical start to describing how the base pairs match up and how the order codes for a chain of protein molecules. Three billion of these base pairs code for any protein present in your body. Learners will find genes more relevant when they learn a gene is actually the collection of bases that code for a chain of amino acids.
28 mins 10th - 12th Science
pH of a Weak Acid
In the previous video, Sal outlined what happens when a strong acid is put into reaction with another compound. In this presentation, he describes what happens when a weak acid is introduced. Sal explains why Hydrofluoric acid is much weaker than Hydrochloric acid, and shows how the molecules disassociate themselves from the weak acid much more rapidly than they do in a strong acid during a chemical reaction.
18 mins 7th - 10th Science