Chemistry, Enrichment Activities, IB Diploma Chemistry

The Burning Issue of a Candle

A simple experiment involving inversion of a conical flask over burning a candle in a dissection tray with some water can be a stimulus for open-ended, really really fun, very very challenging — to both students and teachers alike — problem, covering some fundamental high school chemistry. . . . → Read More: The Burning Issue of a Candle

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Sugar Daddy…with Flare

Who says sugar is bad for children?! It’s especially not bad in a chemistry classroom where it can be used to create flares and to bring chemistry alive! This is the 6th Beauties vs. Brawns challenge. . . . → Read More: Sugar Daddy…with Flare

Pedagogy

The Name’s Bond…Chemical Bond

When I used to teach, I would begin a topic with a multi-media PowerPoint presentation to introduce the topic and for a few other reasons, one of which was to get some laughter from the students!

This is the introductory presentation I used to introduce my chemistry students to the topic of Chemical Bond.

. . . → Read More: The Name’s Bond…Chemical Bond

Enrichment Activities

Modelling…Without the Catwalk

When people think of modelling, they think of catwalks and skinny models, mostly. We do a lot of that in Science too…modelling that is, not the catwalks and skinny models! . . . → Read More: Modelling…Without the Catwalk

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Green Volcano

Challenge number 5. A dramatic decomposition reaction! . . . → Read More: Green Volcano

Student Resources

The ABC’s of Chemistry Symbols

Chemistry, not unlike its less popular cousin, Physics ( 😀 ), uses many symbols and they can be pretty confusing. Especially, when their meaning changes with just the type (regular or italicized) or the case (upper or lower case) of the font.

How well do you know them? Test your knowledge here.

. . . → Read More: The ABC’s of Chemistry Symbols

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Crystal Clear Magic…in Chemistry

When crystals in the Chemistry lab interact, it’s not always crystal clear what is happening…unless you know Chemistry! . . . → Read More: Crystal Clear Magic…in Chemistry

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Speaking Volumes…in Chemistry

When liquids interact, there’s lots to talk about in Chemistry. In this particular challenge, my students had to figure out what happens when two liquids are mixed. . . . → Read More: Speaking Volumes…in Chemistry

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The Gunpowder Challenge: The Explosive Meet

Gunpowder chemistry in the classroom! My first year IB Chemistry students prepare gunpowder mixture and test them. The results, of course, are quite dramatic! . . . → Read More: The Gunpowder Challenge: The Explosive Meet

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Mole Challenge: Can You Burrow Through This?

How do we count things that cannot be counted directly, such as the number of sand grains in the Sahara desert? And what does that have anything to do with Chemistry? . . . → Read More: Mole Challenge: Can You Burrow Through This?

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