What?!? Chemistry? At The Physics Classroom?

Yes. Why not? We're not breaking any laws ... it's perfectly legal. You might say we're dabbling a bit ... sort of like an experiment. The Concept Builders you see below are  interactive questioning modules that present learners with carefully crafted questions that target various aspects of a concept. If you're a frequent visitor to our website, you likely have used some of our Physics Concept Builders. Each Concept Builder focuses the learner's attention upon a discrete learning outcome. Questions target that outcome from a variety of angles using multiple difficulty levels or varying activities. Learners ponder the given information and answer questions in the hopes of earning Stars and Trophies. These Stars (for answering questions) and Trophies (for completing levels or activities) are displayed on the screen, allowing a teacher to track student progress. If you're a chemistry teacher visiting our website for the first time, then welcome! We invite you to give one of our Chemistry Concept Builders a try and let us know what you think. 

Significant Digits and Measurement
Learning Goal: To understand the concept of significant digits and to use such understanding to make and process such measurements made from lab equipment.

Name That Element
Learning Goal: To express a comfort with the organization of the periodic table, including concepts related to family names, periods, groups, metals, nonmetals, metalloids, atomic number, and atomic mass.

Chemical vs. Physical Properties
Learning Goal: To identify a stated property as being either a chemical or a physical property.

Metals, Nonmetals, and Metalloids
Learning Goal: To identify the difference between metals, nonmetals, and metalloids and to be able to place an element into one of these categories.

Particles .. Words .. Formulas
Learning Goal: To associate the particle representation of a sample of matter with the proper verbal description and formulas.

Learning Goal: To demonstrate understanding of the composition of an atom by constructing the isotopic symbol from information regarding the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons.

Names to Formulas 1
Learning Goal: To use an understanding of formula writing to identify incorrectly written formulas.  (Includes binary ionic compounds only.)

Names to Formulas 2
Learning Goal: To use an understanding of formula writing to identify incorrectly written formulas.  (Includes binary molecular compounds, binary ionic compounds, and compounds containing polyatomic ions.)

Formulas and Atom Counting
Learning Goal: To identify the number of atoms of each element represented by a set of simple or complex formulas.

Balancing Chemical Equations
Learning Goal: To be able to use coefficients and an atom count to balance a chemical equation. 

Chemical Reaction Types
Learning Goal: To be able to categorize chemical reactions based on their reaction type - such as synthesis, decomposition, combustion, single replacement, and double replacement.

Writing Balanced Chemical Equations
Learning Goal: To combine an understanding of reaction types, formula writing, and equation balancing in order to write a balanced chemical equation. 

Precipitation Reactions
Learning Goal: To predict the precipitate that is produced when two aqueous solutions of ionic compounds are mixed and to represent the precipitation reaction by a net ionic equation.

Mole Conversions
Learning Goal: To mathematically relate the the number of moles of a compound to the number of molecules and to the mass in grams.

Stoichiometry: Relationships
Learning Goal: To use the coefficients of a balanced chemical equation and the molar masses of reactants and products to relate the quantities of reactants and products involved in a reaction.

Complete Electron Configurations
Learning Goal: To identify the complete electron configuration for a neutral atom or of an ion of any given element.

Periodic Trends
Learning Goal: To order elements based on the values of periodic properties such as atomic radius, ionization energy, and electronegativity.

Ionic Bonding
Learning Goal: To identify the types of elements that undergo ionic bonding and to be able to describe the process that takes place when two elements form ionic bonds.

Lewis Structures
Learning Goal:  To identify correct and incorrect Lewis electron dot structures when given the formulas of molecular compounds.

Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion Theory
Learning Goal:  To identify the Lewis electron dot diagram and the molecular shape of a variety of covalently-bonded molecules.

Which One Doesn't Belong? - Energy and Chemical Reactions
Learning Goal:  To interpret various representations of a thermochemical reaction and to identify which one is not consistent with the others.

Pressure Concepts
Learning Goal:  To be able to explain at the particle level the factors that effect gas pressure, to compare values of pressure expressed in different units, and to use manometer information to determine the pressure of a gas.

Pressure and Temperature
Learning Goal:  To use an understanding of the pressure-temperature relationship in order to predict how the value of pressure changes with changing temperature.

Volume and Temperature
Learning Goal:  To use an understanding of the volume-temperature relationship in order to predict how the value of volume changes with changing temperature.

Pressure and Volume
Learning Goal:  To use an understanding of the pressure-volume relationship in order to predict how the pressure of a gas changes with varying volume.

Learning Goal:  To be able to write the equation for the dissociation of an ionic compound in water and to use the equation to determine ion concentrations if given the concentration of the ionic compound. 

Which One Doesn't Belong? - Acid-Base Properties
Learning Goal:  To analyze a variety of properties of acids and bases in order to identify which property is not like the others.

Bronsted-Lowry Model of Acids and Bases
Learning Goal:  To use the Bronsted-Lowry model to determine the products of the dissociation of an acid or a base when dissolved in water.

pH and pOH
Learning Goal:  To mathematically relate the pH, pOH, [H3O+], and [OH-] for aqueous solutions of acids and bases.

Equilibrium Constant Expression
Learning Goal:  To use the Law of Mass Action in order to identify the equilibrium constant expression for a given chemical equation.

We started adding Chemistry Concept Builders in September, 2018. As of this writing (mid-July, 2019), we have 30 Chemistry Concept Builders. We plan to add more over the course of the 2019-20 school year. So stop back by again and find something new.

This might be The Physics Classroom. But Chemistry is still a legal operation on this site. So enjoy our Chem Gems.


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