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Water: Clearly Unique!


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Water: Clearly Unique!

In this activity on page 4 of the PDF, learners conduct some quick and easy tests to determine the differences between water and other liquids that look very similar to water. Learners compare how water, rubbing alcohol, and mineral oil repel, absorb, and evaporate.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English, Spanish

Materials List (per student)


  • 3 clear, plastic 12-ounce cups
  • 3 teaspoons
  • Masking tape
  • Pen
  • Water
  • Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
  • Mineral oil
  • 6 straws or droppers
  • Wax paper
  • Brown coffee filter

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding
    • States of Matter
      • Liquids
      • Gases
      • Changes of Phase
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Atomic Structure
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Department of Volunteer Support, American Chemical Society

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, American Chemical Society, ©2011

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