What Do Electrolytes Actually Do?

Why is your sweat salty? An episode of the ACS Reactions series examines the role of electrolytes in our systems. The narrator explains how the salts of electrolytes work in the nervous system. When we lose those electrolytes through sweat, our bodies can suffer the consequences. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils research the advantages and disadvantages of sports drinks
  • Use snapshots from the video lesson to create a presentation
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects a basic understanding of the chemical structure of ions
Pros

  • Includes many visual representations to add clarity to the concepts
  • Offers subtitles to aid in note taking
Cons

  • None
NGSS