Determining the Atomic Mass of Elements in a Compound Using Matrices

Connect math and chemistry with an informative instructional activity. Explain how to solve for the mass of an unknown element in a compound when you know the total mass of the compound. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Challenge students to create a compound to solve for an unknown substance
Classroom Considerations

  • Lessons states that a graphing calculator is required, but even a four function calculator should be fine
  • Expects prior knowledge of determining the mass of an element in a compound
  • Lesson is the fourth in a series of seven

  • Provides worksheets in both pdf and doc formats

  • Does not require using a matrix to solve
Common Core