Organic Molecules Day—Chemistry Outreach

This Organic Molecules Day—Chemistry Outreach lab resource also includes:

In search of an organic lab that employs real-life techniques and analysis methods? Groups carry out the nitration of methyl benzoate, then attempt to determine the number and location of the nitro groups added to the benzene ring. Illustrations within the organized pupil copy ensure a well-executed experiment.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Host a multi-school outreach day at a local college using the resource
  • Have lab groups brainstorm other methods they could use to determine the identity of their product
Classroom Considerations

  • No access to high-tech analysis equipment? Scale the lab back to include only the melting point analysis
  • Pupils should be familiar with organic chemistry concepts and vacuum filtration techniques
Pros

  • Gives students opportunities to explore a variety of analysis tools
  • The procedure is written clearly and is easy to follow
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS