ON THE BACK OF EACH GRAPH PROVIDE YOUR INTERPRETATION OF THE RESULTS. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A PHOTO OF YOUR GRAPH AND YOUR INTERPRETATION. PUT YOUR NAME AND PERIOD ON THE GRAPH. TURN IT IN.
The intention was to keep track of the salt added to 100 ml of water until the solution was saturated. That is, until no more salt would dissolve. Then a sample of the saturated solution was used to determine the density. Make two histograms to help you analyze the results. One histogram looks at the amount of salt (in grams) added to 100 ml of water. The other examines the density of a saturated salt solution. Follow graphing guidelines. Remember that you will need to choose intervals or bins for the values. You might want to try several to see which sized interval/bin gives the best picture of the distribution of results. Compare the class results to standard values (See the last paragraph of this reference).
How would you interpret the class results?
Read this chapter on Water with your partner–help each other with new words, new ideas, etc. Discuss the diagrams and what you think they show. Collect and clarify your questions.
- The first chapter from Reactions: The Private Life of Atoms by Peter Atkins
- What do you think of this simulation?
- Read Natalie Angier’s essay:
Small, Yes, but Mighty: The Molecule Called Water
Start keeping the following table of observations, evidence, argument, and explanation.
Consider these big questions (KEEP IN VIEW-KIV QUESTIONS AND IDEAS):
- What can we observe about the structure and behavior of matter?
- How can we explain what we observe (at the scale of our senses) by structures, entities, and behaviors at a scale we cannot see?
- How can such explanations be tested?
LARGE SCALE OBSERVATIONS
ATOMIC-MOLECULAR SCALE STRUCTURES AND BEHAVIORS
With your partner, get a microscope, slide, and small piece of copper. Place the copper on the slide and bring it into focus on the lowest power. Try to take a picture with your ipad. When you are ready, we will put a drop of silver nitrate solution on the copper piece on the slide. Continue to observe carefully. Take pictures as you can. What do you see happening?
See this video: https://vimeo.com/106807484
There are more videos of chemical reactions at:http://www.beautifulchemistry.net/reaction
See this animation on structure at the atomic-molecular level: https://vimeo.com/107550235
Here is a depiction of the reaction. S means solid. Aq means aqueous–in water–a solution:
copper + silver nitrate → copper(II) nitrate + silver
Cu(s) + 2AgNO3(aq) → Cu(NO3)2(aq) + 2Ag(s)
The numbers give the ratio of atoms that combine. Notice that the same number and kind of atoms appear on each side of the reaction. This is why this expression is called an equation.
Try a similar observation with a piece of zinc. Here is the reaction equation:
Zn(s) + 2AgNO3(aq)Zn(NO3 )2 (aq) + 2Ag(s)
Watch the class demonstration carefully.
Think of possible explanations. Think of things you would like to try to find out more. The details of the summative assessment and process will be posted on Friday’s blog.
Find a diagram of a water molecule. Find a diagram of an ethanol molecule. Ask any questions you have about these diagrams.