The purpose of a lab practicum is to assess a student’s understanding of the content by completing a hands-on challenge. These assessments focus more on problem-solving skills than technique.
This exercise is intended as an ice-breaker for a first or second class meeting. It also serves as an introduction to physical & chemical properties and application of the macro/micro/symbolic representations of chemical phenomena. Finally, it also provides a framework to mention many of the topics to be covered in a general chem first semester course.
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In this Activity, students build models of polarized water molecules using K’nex toy components and adhesive Velcro.
In this Activity, students test whether cans of carbonated beverages sink or float in water and then determine whether caffei
In this Activity, students investigate microwave popcorn, the process of microwave-promoted popping, and the materials involv
In this Activity, students investigate physical changes that occur in a candle to learn how a candle functions and how you ca