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ERIC Number: EJ1011397
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
A Comprehensive General Chemistry Demonstration
Sweeder, Ryan D.; Jeffery, Kathleen A.
Journal of Chemical Education, v90 n1 p96-98 Jan 2013
This article describes the use of a comprehensive demonstration suitable for a high school or first-year undergraduate introductory chemistry class. The demonstration involves placing a burning candle in a container adjacent to a beaker containing a basic solution with indicator. After adding a lid, the candle will extinguish and the produced carbon dioxide will react with the water to yield enough carbonic acid to neutralize the basic solution resulting in a change to the indicator. This demonstration includes aspects of most of the topics discussed in a typical general chemistry course. Two different methods are described to use this demonstration in a class: as a recurrent demonstration revisited regularly or as the basis for a cumulative oral final exam. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A