Virtual Lab: ATP Reaction (Thermochemistry and Bonding)

If you've ever felt a little drained ... try converting some ATP to ADP! Science scholars perform one of life's most important reactions using a simulated lab workbench. The fun-to-use interactive allows pupils to control the reactants in the experiment and examines the energy changes that occur during the hydrolysis of ATP.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the pre-lab as a homework assignment so the class is prepared when they come in the next day
  • Show a short video concerning ATP and Respiration to give the lab more context
Classroom Considerations

  • Review how and why ATP becomes ADP prior to conducting the lesson
  • Demonstrate how the workbench functions before cutting pupils loose to begin work
Pros

  • Simulation keeps track of pH, temperature, and concentration throughout each reaction
  • The resource is easy to use and very realistic
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS