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Item #: PF2016 

Price: $50.00

In this lab experience, students investigate the mass and relative abundance of isotopes for the “bean bag” element (symbol, Bg) and calculate the atomic mass of this element. This lab involves modeling the structure of the atom; specifically modeling isotopes of an arbitrary element. Students should come to understand that not all atoms of an element are the same when they observe the bag of Bg element. The Bg element is made up of several different types of beans. Students identify the different beans as isotopes in the element Bg. Students should separate, count and weigh the different isotopes and have the opportunity to practice percent abundance calculations. Ultimately, student calculate the atomic mass of element Bg.

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Safety: Before conducting the lab, review with the class the Safety on the student page. Then discuss any safety precautions that are specific to your science laboratory or classroom.

Materials Included in Kit

Beans, 4 types
Lima beans
Navy beans
Kidney beans
Pea seeds
Weighing dishes, 40
Zipper-lock bag, large, 10

Additional Materials Required
Flinn Scientific Electronic Balance, 410 x 0.01-g, 10
Scissors, 10
Beakers, Borosilicate Glass, 50 mL, 20
Cylinder, Borosilicate Glass, 25 mL, 10