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Physical Science

  • Teacher Responsibilities in the Chemistry Lab This checklist for teachers highlights essential information for working in the high school laboratory and will help you keep safety a priority. View »
  • Build the Fastest Car in the World...that Goes Roughly 0.1 m/s The inclined plane can be used to explore a variety of fundamental concepts, including static and kinetic friction, dynamic equilibrium, unbalanced forces, and the work-energy theorem. In this experiment, your students design a car using the Visual Scientifics system and a smartphone. View »
  • Setting up and Performing a Titration Learn how to set up and preform a titration in this instructional video! View »
  • Finding the Elements Experience the Finding the Elements Demo Chemistry kit in this video. View »
  • Paper Clip Chemistry, Part 2 When you teach your students about chemical reactions, wouldn’t it be great if you could do it in such a way that you get great student reactions, too? Find out how everyday items such as paper clips and balloons can provide engaging, interactive lessons on chemical reactions and the ideal gas law. View »
  • Introduction to Green Chemistry Learn tips on how to make your lab greener including chemical replacements, the 12 green principles and new green initiatives. View »
  • Teaching the Scientific Method with Effervescent Tablets In this activity, students learn the scientific method by practicing it. After a thorough introduction to the topic, students participate in an endothermic reaction experiment illustrating each step in the scientific method. View »
  • Freezing Point Depression Activity: Ice Cream Spring brings showers, sunshine, and the prospect of summer break. Celebrate with this cool, fun activity. It requires just a few inexpensive materials and can be the basis of an engaging lesson on colligative properties. View »
  • Balancing Chemical Equations This activity focuses on using models to help balance chemical equations and understand the law of conservation of mass. Includes a materials list and step-by-step instructions. View »
  • Let's Do S'more Chemistry! Your students can learn, have fun, and eat it, too! This laboratory activity explores the topics of stoichiometry and limiting reactants in a fun, delicious way. If you perform this activity with food products—which we highly recommend because making and eating the S’mores is a great way to cap off the activity—do so only in a dedicated classroom. View »
  • Reaction in a Bag After developing an understanding of the physical and chemical properties of matter, students analyze and interpret data on the properties before and after substances interact, to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. View »
  • What Is Matter? Help your students understand the methodology behind classifying matter with this hands-on activity. View »