Virtual Lab: Temperature and the Solubility of Salts

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Can your scholars solve the mystery of why salts dissolve? A virtual workbench allows them to experiment with temperature and solubility with no solution prep and no post-lab clean up! Users determine the solubility of a variety of common salts by varying the temperature of the solution and determining whether the processes are endothermic or exothermic.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Open class by demonstrating the effects of temperature on dissolving sugar and table salt, then conduct the lab
  • Extend the lesson by asking individuals to brainstorm a list of other solids that have temperature-dependent solubility
Classroom Considerations
  • Take some time to demonstrate how to move around between glassware, chemicals, and tools in the virtual lab
  • Resource includes a presentation mode, making it easy to demonstrate key concepts or features of the lab
  • The written assignment has pupils focus on creating hypotheses from their experimental results
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