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Separation AnxietyAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners discover the primary physical properties used to separate pure substances from mixtures.
Newspaper CollageAdd to list Details
In this activity on page 3 of the PDF, learners create a collage by using vinegar to transfer color pictures from a newspaper onto a piece of white paper.
In this activity, learners investigate diffusion by creating underwater "fireworks" using food coloring, oil and water.
Salts & Solubility
In this online interactive simulation, learners will add different salts to water and then watch the salts dissolve and achieve a dynamic equilibrium with solid precipitate.
Lava LampsAdd to list Details
Learners observe working lava lamps to understand how they work (included in PDF link).
This is a chemistry lab activity about solutions (page 6 of the PDF). Students make a limewater testing solution for carbon dioxide and explore the concepts of solubility and precipitates.
Avogadro's Bubbly AdventureAdd to list Details
In this activity on page 7 of the PDF, learners investigate the solubility of gas in water at different temperatures. This experiment will help learners determine if temperature affects solubility.
To Dye ForAdd to list Details
Learners add two dyes to mineral oil and water, and then compare their miscibility (how well they mix) in each.
MiscibilityAdd to list Details
Learners observe a bottle containing water and oil. They are invited to pick up the bottle and mix the contents together.
Klutz-Proof Density ColumnAdd to list Details
Making liquids of different densities to perfectly lay on top of each other can be a frustrating exercise. The Exploratorium created this activity as a fool proof way of making a density column.
In this activity, learners mix water, cooking oil, and liquid food coloring to create beautiful colored designs in a cup. Use this activity to explore liquid density and solubility.
Foam PeanutsAdd to list Details
Learners compare the properties and solubilities of Styrofoam (TM), ecofoam packing peanuts, and popcorn. First, the solubility of each substance is tested in water.
Layers of LiquidsAdd to list Details
Learners pour equal amounts of coffee, mineral oil, corn syrup, and alcohol into a beaker. The liquids resolve into stacked layers, and learners can infer which liquids are the most and least dense.
The China Hammer Mystery
In this activity, learners are asked to examine the differences between two materials in a pair.
Paper Chromatography with LeavesAdd to list Details
In this activity on page 5 of the PDF (Plants—The Green Machines), learners use chromatography to separate and identify pigments within various leaves.
Oil and SoapAdd to list Details
Learners investigate the properties of the liquids in two bottles. One contains layers of oil and water, and one contains oil, water, and soap.
Number of Mentos vs. Height: Soda Geyser Series #5Add to list Details
In this activity, learners conduct a controlled experiment to examine how many Mentos are needed to make the tallest possible soda geyser.
Soda Brand vs. Height Experiment: Soda Geyser Series #4Add to list Details
In this activity, learners conduct a controlled experiment to examine which brand of soda makes the best (highest) soda geyser.
Oil Spill Cleanup
This hands-on experiment will provide learners with an understanding of the issues that surround environmental cleanup.
What's the Matter
In this activity, learners identify different classes of matter based on physical properties.