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Making Soap—General, Organic and Biological Chemistry Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP8041

Price: $34.20

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In the General, Organic and Biological Chemistry (GOB) Lab Kit: Making Soap, make soap and study its properties. Soap-making is an ancient craft and one of the oldest known chemical reactions.

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General, Organic and Biological Chemistry Soap-making is an ancient craft and one of the oldest known chemical reactions involving organic compounds. Soaps are sodium and potassium salts of fatty acids. They are prepared by reacting fats and oils with a strong base, such as sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide. In this experiment, students make soap and study its properties. The soap will be prepared via saponification of a fat and oil with a solution of sodium hydroxide. The properties of the soap will then be investigated—its pH, texture, emulsifying action, and solubility in hard water. Complete for 24 students working in pairs.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Calcium chloride solution, 0.5 M, 60 mL
Iron(III) chloride, 20 g
Magnesium chloride, 15 g
Olive oil, 75 mL
Sodium hydroxide solution, 6 M, 125 mL
Tallow, 120 g
Pipet, Beral-type, thin stem, 48

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Scale, proportion, and quantity
Cause and effect
Systems and system models

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-1. Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.
MS-PS1-2. Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
HS-PS1-1. Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.
HS-PS1-2. Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties.