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Physical Science

  • Petri Dish Electrolysis Activity Introduce your students to reduction-oxidation reactions and some of the basic terms of electrochemistry (such as electrode potential, anode, and cathode) with this activity—creating electrolysis in a petri dish. 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 »
  • MOM's Acid-Base Chemistry You don't need a tummy ache to experience the benefits of MOM (milk of magnesia). It's also strong medicine for teaching acid-base chemistry, chemical equilibrium, heat of equalization, and Le Châtelier's principle. View »
  • The Lost Volume Demonstration If you mix 250 mL of water with 250 mL of ethyl alcohol, only about 480 mL of solution results. What caused the volume reduction, and what happened to the lost volume? 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 »
  • Determining Charge with an Electroscope Determine the polarity of materials charged with static electricity by using an electroscope. View »
  • Newton’s Laws, Friction, and Hovercraft With this Carolina Essentials™ activity, students build a simple hovercraft that illustrates Newton’s laws of motion and frictional force. View »
  • What's the Weakest Link? Helping AP® Chemistry Students Ask the Right Questions AP® Chemistry: What’s the weakest link? Or play the chemistry dating game: Will they hook up or break up? Students develop an analysis plan for identifying bond types. Use our featured kit as a starting point for independent student research. See a sample student question sheet from this kit’s activities. View »
  • Surviving and Thriving in the AP* Chemistry Curriculum So you’ve survived 1 semester of the new AP Chemistry curriculum. Interested to see how you can ease your burden going forward? In addition to knowing the content that is still ahead, keep reading to also be aware of the content that isn’t in your future. View »
  • Simply Slime: An Introduction to Polymer Chemistry Whether you want to introduce students to polymers, engage them with a fun science demo, or simply have the most popular station at your school's science night, making slime is always a big success! View »
  • Carbon Snake In this teacher-directed demonstration of an exothermic reaction, students observe the dehydration of a carbohydrate using concentrated sulfuric acid. View »
  • Ring and Disc Demonstration Gain a deeper understanding of the classic ring and disc physics demonstration designed to introduce the concepts of rotational inertia, rotational motion, and rolling motion. View »
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