Condensation Polymerization: Preparation of Two Types of Polyesters
College-level or AP chemists use phthalic anhydride to synthesize two different polyesters, one linear and one cross-linked in structure. A detailed materials list and well-written procedures are provided on a lab sheet. Learners write...
1999 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Part II
A variety of topics including reaction rates, combustion reactions, periodic trends, and ionization reactions are included in this exam. Test takers also practice calculating empirical and molecular formulas of compounds.
Balancing Liquid on a Coin: How Intermolecular Forces Work
Let knowledge of chemistry flow like water. Future scientists conduct two different experiments to investigate the properties of water. They learn about surface tension and cohesion as they see how many drops of water they can place on a...
Stretch one's mind about viscoelastic materials. Future engineers learn about viscoelastic materials and how they differ from solids and fluids. They discover how the molecular structures of the materials relate to their properties,...
American Chemical Society
The Same Parts Can Make Many Objects
Snap to it! Young experimenters use Snap Cubes to model how a larger object is created from a smaller parts. Using a guide, they rearrange their cubes to create all possible arrangements of four and five cubes.
Mystery of Matter
Making Crystals - Salt, Alum, Borax, and Sugar
Crystalline structures have unique properties that are sure to wow classes. A hands-on lesson has learners form their own crystals using a variety of compounds. They then choose a variable to investigate to determine its impact on the...
Mystery of Matter
It may sink or float—and classes will know why! A hands-on activity has learners experiment with different liquids of varying densities by creating a colorful density column. They connect the mass and volume of the liquid to its tendency...
Mystery of Matter
Black inks have identifying signatures. Using chromatography, learners decode these signatures. They practice their chromatography skills while exploring the differences between the inks.
Learning Games Lab
Nitrogen in Feed
Knowing what farmers are feeding livestock is just smart business. A WebQuest lesson helps learners build an understanding of the relationship between amino acids, nitrogen, and protein. With interactive instruction, scholars practice...
2018 AP® Chemistry Free-Response Questions
2018 saw some of the highest AP Chemistry scores in years. The College Board released each test question covering topics from enthalpy to net ionic equations, as well as scoring guidelines and more to benefit future scientists. Example...
Lewis Structures, VSEPR and Molecular Modeling
A model is worth a thousand words. Young scholars use what they know about the structure of hydrocarbons to build Lewis dot structures and molecular models. Their tasks include multiple bonds, geometric hybrids, and various isomers.
Unit 1: Introduction to Biotechnology
Biotechnology is big! Introduce the uses of biotechnology to science scholars with a fascinating, fact-filled unit. The first installment in a series of four biotechnology units covers the role biotechnology plays in human and...
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Molecular Structure of Fat
Bad fat, good fat, trans fat, food fat—are all fats created equal? Get to the bottom of the types of fat with a well-crafted presentation. The resource covers adipose tissue, lipids, trans fats, and many other substances that fall under...
Factors Affecting London Dispersion Attractions
How can non-polar molecules be attracted to one another? Introduce the phenomenon of London dispersion forces to young chemists through an entertaining interactive. Pupils choose from a variety of molecular shape combinations, then pull...
Exploring Hydrophobic Core
How do the hydrophobic and hydrophilic regions of a protein affect its shape? Science scholars explore the molecular properties of protein molecules using a detailed interactive. The resource allows the user to rotate the protein, view...
Exploring Protein 3D Structure
Presenting protein structure can be difficult! Take young biologists on a 3-D amino acid adventure with a detailed interactive. Pupils view and manipulate common amino acids individually or as a part of a whole protein. Choose from three...
Santa Monica College
Lewis Structures and Molecular Shapes
Learners practice drawing Lewis dot structures, build molecules with model kits, and predict molecular shapes using VSEPR theory. The combination of written work and hands-on reinforcement benefits young scientists.
Imagining DNA Structure
Let's get a closer look at DNA and other molecular structures. The first lesson in the series of four introduces a variety of imagining techniques that engineers and scientists use to visualize molecular structures. The resource presents...
Inside the DNA
Get your class to take a closer look at DNA. Pupils conduct research to determine the methods used by scientists to analyze the molecular structure of DNA. The class members investigate different types of molecular imaging along with gel...
Aquarium of the Pacific
Young scientists construct an understanding of molecular compounds in this hands-on science instructional activity. Using LEGO® to model the atoms of different elements, students build molecules based on the chemical formulas of common...
Practice Drawing Lewis Structures
Twenty-six elements, compounds, and ions are randomly listed for chemistry whizzes to analyze. They are to diagram the Lewis electron dot structure for each, resulting in further insight on the configuration of different molecules. They...
Investigation of Crystallinity in Polymeric Materials
A kaleidoscope is constructed using polarizing polymer paper and then low-density polyethylene, high-density polyethylene, and polypropylene are all melted onto individual glass slides and examined through a microscope. The intent is to...
Geometric Isomerism (Different Geometries)
Here is an interactive presentation on molecular geometry if you have materials for building molecule models along the way. Isomerism is introduced by means of a graphic organizer. Viewers then imitate two molecule models and learn that...
Chemistry 116 Exam 2 Summer 2009
Written for an introductory organic and biochemistry course, this exam will challenge your class. They label functional groups and stereocenters on drawings of molecules, draw structures given the name, complete drawings of chemical...