Chemistry Masterclass—Chemistry Outreach

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Immerse your chemistry class in the world of organic chemistry! Science scholars isolate acetaminophen from an over-the-counter sample during an intense and interesting lab. Groups use many different separation and analysis techniques to determine the identity and formula of the substance.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the lab as a summative assessment or lab practical for advanced chemistry students
  • Simplify the procedure to focus on just the chromatography and melting point data if you are pressed for time or lacking equipment
Classroom Considerations

  • The full lab experiment requires an extensive list of equipment, including NMR and mass spectrometer
  • Pupils should be very experienced in chemical separation methods and high-level data analysis
Pros

  • The experiment exposes learners to many useful analysis techniques in a real-world setting
  • Teacher's guide contains printable materials and excellent tips for conducting the lab
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS