Introduction to Reaction Rates - The "Blue Bottle" Reaction - Student Laboratory Kit
By: The Flinn Staff
Item #: AP6446
In the Introduction to Reaction Rates Kinetics Laboratory Kit, investigate the “blue bottle” reaction of methylene blue, varying the temperature and concentration of a reactant. Studying reaction rates helps chemists make various products!
How fast will a chemical reaction occur? Too slow, and it may not be practical. Too fast, and it may explode! Studying reaction rates helps chemists make a variety of products, everything from antibiotics to fertilizers, safely and economically. The purpose of this microscale activity is to teach students how reaction rates are measured and what reaction conditions will affect the rate. Students investigate the “blue bottle” reaction of methylene blue, varying the temperature and the concentration of reactant. With reagents sealed in small plastic pipets, the reactions are simple to set up and even quicker to run. You will be surprised at how easy kinetics can be—perfect for a hands-on introduction to a difficult topic! Includes reproducible student handouts, detailed background information, complete Teacher Notes with sample data and answers to questions, and all necessary chemicals and consumable supplies.
Complete for 30 students working in pairs.