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Making models is always memorable. In this activity, physical science starters examine the structure of hydrocarbons using marshmallows, raisins, and toothpicks. They even act as atoms themselves and link arms to represent covalent bonds. The lesson is simple to execute, but superb in results!
Organic Chemistry-Naming Hydrocarbons
In this naming hydrocarbons worksheet, students are given a table of the prefixes used for naming hydrocarbons based on the number of carbon atoms and their location. They then practice naming ten hydrocarbon compounds using the rules of naming and the chart of prefixes.
Students compare and contrast photosynthesis and chemosynthesis as processes that provide energy to biological communities. They investigate the energy content of hydrocarbons used in coral communities.
Empirical and Molecular Formulas from Stoichiometry
Sal sets up a situation where liquid hydrocarbon is burned in a furnace. As a result of this event, certain amounts of Carbon Monoxide and Water are produced. Given those amounts, he shows students how to determine the molecular and empirical formulas for the unknown Hydrocarbon.
What's the Connection?
Students explain hardground communities in the Gulf of Mexico. For this deep-sea ecosystem lesson, students investigate the connection between deep-sea ecosystems and petroleum deposits. They discuss the relationship between hydrocarbon seeps, chemosynthetic communities, and deep-water coral communities.
Elements Of Chemistry: When Carbon Combines
Students create a polymer using Borax and Elmer's Glue. In this chemistry lesson plan, students identify monomers made of hydrocarbons and then brainstorm a list of polymers and their uses.
What Contains Carbon?
Students explore elements by analyzing everyday objects and materials in class. In this carbon lesson, students define several vocabulary terms such as carbon dioxide, hydrocarbon, and carbonate. Students view a group of items, discussing if they contain carbon or not and record their results on a worksheet.
In this hydrocarbons learning exercise, students solve 17 clues in a crossword puzzle focusing on carbon bonding and hydrocarbon gases.
For this chemistry worksheet, students use the clues given at the bottom of the sheet to complete the crossword puzzle on hydrocarbons. There are 17 statements to solve and fill in on the puzzle.
Naming Hydrocarbons Practice
In this hydrocarbons activity, students name the hydrocarbons given or draw in the chemical structure from the chemical names. This activity has 21 problems to solve.
Organic Chemistry-Naming Substituted Hydrocarbons
In this substituted hydrocarbons worksheet, students learn how to name compounds using a table of organic functional groups and the rules for naming hydrocarbon compounds. They practice naming twenty substituted hydrocarbons.
For this hydrocarbon worksheet, students answer 13 questions about different types of organic molecules categorized as hydrocarbons. They explain the different hydrocarbons, they draw structural diagrams for different hydrocarbons and they calculate heat released by reactions of hydrocarbons.
Models of Hydrocarbons
Students construct models of hydrocarbon molecules using candy and toothpicks. In this hydrocarbons lesson plan, students are given a sheet with the molecular formulas of hydrocarbons. As a group, they construct each molecule using colored gumdrops to represent each atom and toothpicks to represent each bond.
Students study hydrocarbon gases and chemical equations. In this hydrocarbon gases lesson, students work in groups complete a molecular formula worksheet and review alkane prefixes. Students complete molecular models, balance chemical equations, and finish with a section on hydrocarbon combustion.
Energy from Hydrocarbons
In this energy from hydrocarbons instructional activity, high schoolers read about endothermic and exothermic reactions and how hydrocarbons release heat as fuels. Students read how to measure heat changes in reactions and practice finding the specific heat of a substance, the energy needed to heat a substance to a certain temperature and the heat of a reaction.
Molecular Modeling Activity
High schoolers explore the concept of molecular modeling and differentiate between saturated and unsaturated compounds. In small groups, they identify molecular formulas, complete a chart comparing alkanes, alkenes, and alkynes, and construct a model of a simple hydrocarbon molecule using a molecular model kit.
You've Got to See it to Believe It!
Youngsters develop an understanding of how smog is produced, and how exhaust from automobiles is one of the major sources of smog. They explore the roles that engineers play in developing technologies that reduce smog, then work in teams to create an advertisement for a hybrid vehicle. A fabulous lesson plan that is chock-full of terrific attachments such as, streamed video, websites, and worksheets that will all support student learning. I would highly recommend implementing this resource with your class.
Coal Derivatives by Destructive Distillation
Chemists use the destructive distillation technique to produce three derivatives from a sample of bituminous coal. You will find background information, a materials list, procedures, and sample follow-up questions that you can use in your class. This is an appropriate activity for practicing distillation or for studying natural resources and the products that we obtain from them.
Hydrocarbons and Fractionation
In this compounds worksheet, students identify molecules as compounds and give a reason why they believe it is or isn't a compound. Students write out chemical formulas. This worksheet has 3 problems to solve.
Gene Mutations Worksheet
In this gene mutation worksheet, students learn about frameshift and base substitution mutations. They simulate both types of mutations and determine the mutated amino acid sequences and compare them to the normal sequences.