Factors Affecting Rate: Controlling the Rate of a Reaction

Why was neon mad at fluorine? Because it was always overreacting! Science scholars discover how scientists control chemical reactions thanks to a video from the JFR Science playlist. The example-filled resource explains why not all particles react all of the time, collision theory, and other aspects of reaction rate.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video to bridge the gap between chemical reactions and activation energy
  • Show the resource prior to a reaction rates lab
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should have a basic understanding of concentration and chemical reactions 

  • The soda can scenario makes for an impactful demonstration of how to control reaction rates 
  • Narrator describes each factor that affects reaction rate using humorous examples

  • None
Common Core