Acid Base Theory: What Makes an Acid an Acid?

Everyone's familiar with acids like vinegar and lemon juice—but what makes them different from ammonia and baking soda? Science sleuths discover acid base theory using a video from JFR Science. Viewers explore the interactions of acids and bases before learning how to express them in terms of the different acid base theories.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Pause the video and let the class practice identifying acids, bases, and their conjugates
  • Demonstrate neutralization at the ionic level by performing a reaction and monitoring the electrochemical activity
Classroom Considerations
  • Quickly review double displacement reactions with learners before playing the video
  • Demonstrations help viewers connect with the content
  • The narrator explains each theory clearly and concisely
  • None
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