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 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 week 2 days 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 week 6 days ago
by Karen Ye
Fri, 10/30/2020 - 16:40

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

Recent activity: 2 weeks 3 days 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 month 2 weeks 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 month 2 weeks 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: 1 month 3 weeks 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 month 3 weeks 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: 2 months 1 week ago
by Lowell Thomson
Fri, 09/11/2020 - 11:21

Using the online simulation tool (Atomsmith Classroom Online) and the ADI framework students investigate the properties of gases, along with two gas laws. An ADI "whiteboard discussion" helps in getting students to really process what the results of experiments mean to us as chemists - and how this leads to expanding our understanding of matter. This activity lends itself to an online classroom.

Recent activity: 2 months 1 week ago
by Thomas Manning
Tue, 04/14/2020 - 14:21

This puzzle is developed by students and a faculty member of Valdosta State University during the Coronavirus pandemic that has brought the world to a standstill. It blends a novel approach to puzzles with an educational activity to serve as a learning tool for infectious diseases. While there is a strong strategic aspect to solving or completing the puzzle, it should also familiarize the participant with the names of infectious diseases and a few facts about each malady.

Recent activity: 7 months 2 weeks ago