Where in your world is chemistry happening? 

Deb Mixon

We’ve been using our own homes to review chemistry topics covered previously in the year and apply them to real-world problems, collaborating on a series of videos which combine humor and chemistry in a fun way. Students will also be doing a home lab research project, so we thought it would give them some good ideas of the chemistry going on all around them. Students worked on a simulation for homework this past weekend that demonstrated relationships between pressure, temperature, volume, and amount of gas in a closed container.

This episode, “Adventures in Diffusion,” deals directly with content we are now teaching now on gas laws. The cologne that Dr. Trussell's children spilled permeates his basement with the smell.  He uses a gas law to remedy the situation. You can check out the video here:  https://youtu.be/3suMtLjpDSw

Their next episode, “Corn Muffin Catastrophe,” will look at the difference between baking powder and baking soda, and will feature Ms. Raths. She recently substituted one for the other in her recipe and noticed quite a difference. This episode will remind students of the chemical reaction between baking soda and an acid (like vinegar) that produces carbon dioxide gas. They will use this reaction next week in their project challenge to use a chemical reaction to properly inflate an airbag (baggie).

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