The book Chemistry on a Budget contains inexpensive chemistry labs that are useful with easy to obtain materials.
The early labs include the topics of Significant Figures, Density (3 labs), the Separation of a Mixture (including coverage of Percent Composition), and Liquid Chromatography. These are safe labs that cover essential information, giving you time to emphasize Lab Safety and get Lab Safety Contracts signed.
There are two versions of each lab, one with a ten-question conclusion and one with directions for a full lab report. This way the teacher has the option! Each lab is two pages to allow for one two-sided handout.
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*Some of you have already purchased my lab book – be sure to check out Page 141 !
Past blog posts that may be useful right now include:
Introduction to Stoichiometry
01/10/2014 2nd Entry (Mole Conversions and
“In the early morning of April 26, 1986, a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded, spewing radioactive material across the Soviet republics of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, and parts of Europe. For eight months workers hurriedly built a tomb of steel and concrete to contain the radioactive remains.
The sarcophagus, however, was only designed to last 30 years — until 2016. Weakened walls have been reinforced and holes have been patched but some radioactive dust and radiation could still leak from the aging structure. To reduce that risk, engineers and construction workers are finishing a mammoth, stainless steel edifice—the largest moveable structure ever built—that will slide over the old sarcophagus and encase it for a century.”
This blog posted about the 30th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Accident on 05/01/2016.
“It’s been 30 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and we’re still dealing with the consequences. Despite being encased in a steel and concrete structure, the plant still leaks radiation, and each passing year has brought with it an increased possibility of a major leak. Thankfully, this week, a new structure dubbed the New Safe Confinement (NSC) is being slid on top of the ruined power plant to replace its previous seal and provide an estimated 100 years of safe confinement.”
“Immediately after the 1986 meltdown, a hastily built concrete shelter, known as a sarcophagus, was constructed to contain the radioactive fallout. The Chernobyl site was part of the Soviet Union at the time, but is now part of northern Ukraine, near its border with Belarus.”
Here is a brief BBC video report (only 2:16 minutes) providing a history the Chernobyl accident and a description of the NSC structure:
This 2 minute video of the NSC is without narration; you might want to watch after the BBC video:
This article contains a 3 minute video providing a historical overview of the accident and the planned NSC structure:
Other nuclear power issues in this blog include:
2/11/2015 Introduction to Nuclear Chemistry
02/18/2015 Nuclear Chemistry – Part II (Fission,
Fusion & Half-Life)
08/06/2015 Post-Fukushima Restarts
10/30/2015 Current Event – Radioactive Waste
10/22/2015 The Future of Nuclear Fusion
02/20/2016 Nuclear Waste and Lake Huron
03/26/2016 Nuclear Waste Storage
07/31/2016 Cost of Nuclear Shutdown in Germany
08/07/2016 Debate about Nuclear Power
This current event could add to a Debate about Nuclear Power described in the 08/07/2016 blog entry.
*This Blog contains several entries that would be helpful to your chemistry classroom. Check out the Topic List to help you to find past Blog entries.
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Remember, buying a copy of the lab book Chemistry on a Budget can be very useful to your Chemistry classroom with labs and class article ideas.
Have a great weekend and holiday!