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Making UV-Sensitive Paper—Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP6155 

Price: $30.76

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With the Making UV-Sensitive Paper Chemistry Laboratory Kit, students make sheets of photosensitive paper by dipping porous paper in different iron salt solutions. Students develop images by exposing the paper to UV light from the sun.

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Bring practical applications to your lesson on spectroscopy, light or ultraviolet radiation with a lab that mimics aspects of the photographic process. Students will make their own sheets of photosensitive (also called blueprint) paper in the laboratory by dipping porous paper in two different iron salt solutions. Students will then develop images of their choice by exposing the treated paper to ultraviolet light from the sun. Background information, detailed procedure and all necessary photographic chemicals to make 100 “photographs” or images are included in the kit.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs. Opaque or translucent “nonmetallic” objects are needed to make the images.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Iron(III) nitrate solution, 0.1 M, 200 mL
Oxalic acid solution, 0.15 M, 200 mL
Potassium ferricyanide solution, 0.1 M, 200 mL
Dishes, weighing, 1.5 g, 3½" x 3½" x 1", 30
Filter paper, 7 cm, pkg/100

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
MS-PS4.A: Wave Properties
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models
Energy and matter
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

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.