Comparing Potential Energy of a Bond

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Have you reached your breaking point in looking for great resources that illustrate bond energy? Demonstrate the potential energy changes that occur when polar and non-polar bonds are broken with a stimulating simulation. Pupils pull on paired molecules until they separate and observe how it affects the potential energy of the system.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the resource to help students develop a model that shows the relationship between the energy in a chemical system and bond energy
  • Be sure to have learners observe how the molecules and atoms behave after they are separated from their partners
Classroom Considerations

  • Review polar and non-polar bonds before beginning the interactive

  • The act of dragging the molecules or atoms apart (sometimes having to pull very hard) also helps illustrate the amount of energy involved in breaking bonds
  • Resource is well-designed and engaging

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