This lab guides students through taking data and constructing their own heating curve for water. It requires no special equipment, is low prep, is safe, and can even be done at home for homeschool or distance learning. Even though the lab activity itself is relatively simple and straightforward, the concepts still engage students in higher level thinking and gives them important practice with laboratory techniques and forming hypotheses.
Science Practice: Engaging in Argument from Evidence
Use a simple experiment to get to know students, demonstrate experimental design and discuss classroom policies about cell phones.
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Why does the "Whoosh Bottle" experiment behave differently at different temperatures?
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The "Two-Faced" thionin reaction involves causing a purple solution to fade to colorless by shining light on the solution. I wondered if it could be demonstrated the color of light that caused this transition.
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Here is a quick and easy yet powerful experiment for para and diamagnetism that helps to provide evidence for quantum numbers.
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Michael Jansen reflects on a very common empirical formula lab that asks students to determine the empirical formula of MgxOy. He then explains how he continues to use it as a "successful failure", how he demonstrates an alternate procedure and leads his students to an important lesson.