Lab 2: Nanocatalysts Clean Your Car Emissions

Surface area certainly surfaces as a variable for chemical reaction rates. Scholars perform an experiment to discover how the size of catalysts affect the rate of a chemical reaction. They record their results in tables and graphs to analyze results.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners write a journal entry on how experimental results relate to catalytic converters
Classroom Considerations
  • Experiment requires the alginate-MnO2 catalysts from previous lab (this is the second of two installments in the Catalytic Converters series)
  • A variety of materials is necessary for the activity
Pros
  • Lists some important safety information
  • Provides a pacing guide for the lesson
Cons
  • None