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  • Motivate Students with Chemistry Demos A quick demonstration is one of the best ways to motivate your high school chemistry students and pique their curiosity. View »
  • Fractional Distillation of a Carbonated Soft Drink How is crude oil refined into many valuable products? Students can find out with this lab activity. Substituting a soft drink for crude oil, they use fractional distillation to separate the soft drink into its components, or fractions. View »
  • What's the Big Idea? Understanding the Laboratory Experience in the AP* Chemistry Curriculum If you teach AP* Chemistry, you’re already aware, or need to be, that changes to the course curriculum are here, which means you’ll probably have to change your classroom instruction. To help relieve your anxiety, here’s an overview of the course revisions, some important dates to remember, and 2 ways Carolina can help to ensure your success during this transition. View »
  • Chalk It Up Use this activity to introduce your students to chromatography. View »
  • Rock Candy: An Edible Study of Crystallization Making rock candy is a safe way to introduce students to solutions and crystal growth—and you can make it a tasty treat at the same time! This activity, which can be done at home using only 2 ingredients, helps students visualize how a supersaturated solution grows the extra-large crystals of sucrose needed to make rock candy. View »
  • Finding the Elements Experience the Finding the Elements Demo Chemistry kit in this video. View »
  • Making Audio Speakers from Household Materials Your students enjoy listening to their favorite play lists on MP3 players and cell phones. With this engaging inquiry activity, now they can understand how their headphones or speakers create the sounds they love. They will make speakers from ordinary household materials and, in the process, discover the science of how speakers create sound. View »
  • Chemistry Holiday Hoopla! If the approaching holidays are causing student minds to wander, try these holiday-oriented demonstrations to recapture their attention. The activities acknowledge the season while helping students understand important chemistry concepts. View »
  • Everyday Magnetism Learn about magnetism in this activity. View »
  • The Science of Popcorn Teach a great lesson on the gas laws and complement it with this fun inquiry activity about the science behind popcorn’s pop. Students pop several brands of popcorn in the lab and determine each brand’s moisture content and the internal pressure required to make the kernels pop. View »
  • Dry Ice Explosion Demonstrate the physical states of carbon dioxide with the help of this video. View »
  • Equilibrium Straw Activity What is equilibrium? How is it reached? Many students assume that the concentrations or amounts of reactants and products—rather than rates—must be equal at equilibrium. This short lab activity helps to dispel that notion. View »
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