Activities

ChemEd X activities are student-centered resources intended to aid learning chemistry topics.

ChemEd X encourages engaging activities where students (with guidance from the teacher) pose questions, analyze data, and make observations to offer a plausible explanation supported by data and consistent with physical observations.

by Jessica Mintz
Wed, 12/02/2020 - 08:43

The Types of Chemical Reactions Lab is a favorite for many teachers and students. Chemistry comes to life as students record observations. This virtual version by no means replaces the students physically conducting the reactions themselves but during these times this activity can be used to supplement the teaching of chemical reactions.

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Recent activity: 11 months 2 weeks ago
by Stephanie O'Brien
Tue, 12/01/2020 - 11:52

Writing formulas is one of those concepts in chemistry that requires much practice and repetition for students to gain confidence. This remote learning activity is a fun way for students to practice name and formula writing that will not be as boring as a worksheet full of practice questions. 

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Recent activity: 1 month 1 week ago
by Thomas Cox
Wed, 11/18/2020 - 20:10

The concept of density is investigated regularly- in lecture, lab, or both- in Introductory (non-science majors) or the majors General Chemistry 1 courses. This post describes a short activity involving ice core density.

Recent activity: 1 year 1 week ago
by Josh Kenney
Fri, 11/13/2020 - 14:46

In this activity, students learn about solubility and concentration. They watch videos that explain the dissolving process, how to calculate the molarity, supersaturation and how to make rock candy. They also use a PhET simulation to explore factors that affect the concentration of a solution. 

Recent activity: 1 year 2 weeks ago
by Karen Ye
Sun, 11/01/2020 - 15:40

In this activity, students express their creativity and show their understanding of concept by creating a video for their final project.

Recent activity: 8 months 3 weeks ago
by Josh Kenney
Wed, 10/14/2020 - 09:08

In this activity, students learn about the mole. In section 1, students learn what a mole looks like for different substances. In section 2, students learn how the number of protons and neutrons in the nucleus determines the molar mass of an element by comparing individual isotopes in a PhET simulation..

Recent activity: 1 year 1 month ago
by Carrie Clippard
Wed, 10/07/2020 - 10:07

This activity allows students to see many different types of scales in order to become proficient at measuring and determining how many digits to record in any measurement, whether it be volumes, masses, lengths, etc.

Recent activity: 1 year 1 month ago
by Thomas Cox
Tue, 10/06/2020 - 17:20

Spectroscopy-based experiments are commonplace in college labs. This out-of-classroom activity post provides links to applications of spectroscopy in a diverse spectrum of disciplines and work fields.

Recent activity: 7 months 4 days ago
by Stephanie O'Brien
Sun, 10/04/2020 - 16:22

In this lab students are given a film canister, a quantity of Alka Seltzer of their own choosing and any materials available in the room to investigate factors that affect the rate of reaction. They work with their groups to create CER boards and then the class engages in a Glow and Grow session. Tips for using this activity in a virtual setting are offered as well. 

Recent activity: 1 year 1 month ago
by Josh Kenney
Wed, 09/16/2020 - 11:24

The author explains a virtual chemistry lab activity for use in a high school chemistry class. This activity is an excellent way to introduce measurements, significant figures, and the concept of density.

Recent activity: 1 year 2 months ago