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Chemical Reactions
Energy Forms and Changes

Energy Forms and Changes

Check out this simulation from PhET to learn about Energy, Conservation of Energy, and Energy changes. This resource shows how heating and cooling of water, iron, and brick increases or decreases energy flow. Java is required. Download and launch.

 Virtual Lab Stockroom

Virtual Lab Stockroom

Have you ever wondered what a science lab looks like? Well, you are in luck. Explore this Virtual Lab provided by Carnegie Mellon University to facilitate your understanding about lab equipment, solutions, and reactions. HTML5 is required works best when used on FireFox or Chrome web browser.

Acid-Base Solutions

Acid-Base Solutions

Learning about acids and bases can be challenging, but PhET has made it very easy with this interactive tool. Apply the concepts from this resource to enhance your understanding of how acids and bases differ, as well as the properties of strong versus weak acids and bases. Works on all devices.

pH Scale

pH Scale

The pH Scale is essential in explaining whether something is Acidic or Basic. phET has put together a fun interactive tool so you can test the pH of various things such as coffee, soap, and even chicken noodle soup. Java is required. Download and launch.

Microwaves

Microwaves

This learning tool provided by PhET goes in-depth in explaining matter in terms of molecular motion. Applying microwaves to show how chemical reactions occur. Java is required. Download and launch.

The Greenhouse Effect

The Greenhouse Effect

PhET is providing a wonderful resource and simulation of the Greenhouse Effect. Visit the link to learn about how gasses affect our climate. Java is required. Download and launch.

Reactions & Rates

Reactions & Rates

How do reactions occur? PhET helps in explaining this through an interactive simulation. Learn topics such as reactions, equilibrium, and more. Java is required. Download and launch.

Heat and a Chemical Reaction

Here is a nice video on a simple chemical reaction from the YouTube science channel called FunScienceDemos.

ChemCollective

ChemCollective.org

If you would like to learn just about anything in chemistry, ChemCollective is a great place to start. This website contains activities, virtual labs, and simulations for a variety of topics.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Substances react chemically in characteristic ways. New substances formed in chemical reactions have different properties from the original substances. (MS-PS1-2)
  • In a chemical reaction, the total number of each type of atom is conserved, and thus the mass does not change. The conservation of mass. (MS-PS1-5)
  • Some chemical reactions release energy, others store energy. (MS-PS1-6)

About NGSS

Next Generation Science Standards is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are “rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.”

ABOUT US

Our team from Temple University has developed this resource for all K-12 students and teachers of science. These vetted learning tools align to the NGSS. Find one we should include? Just fill out the form.

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TECH HELP

 

Many of these science resources require Java and Flash. Click below to download.

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