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Product 12797

By: Bruce Mattson, Creighton University, Omaha, NE

The Oxygen, What a Flame! Student Chemistry Laboratory Kit, students learn how O2 is prepared and observe some of its interesting properties. Students generate microscale amounts of O2 gas then observe how oxygen supports combustion.

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Oxygen—we need it to survive! Learn how O2 is prepared and observe some of its interesting properties. Generate microscale amounts (50–60 mL) of O2 gas in syringes by performing a catalytic decomposition reaction. Observe how oxygen supports combustion; burn steel wool in an oxygen-rich flame, and perform the classic “blue bottle” oxidation experiment in the syringe. Includes Teacher Notes, reproducible student handouts and all necessary chemicals and specialized materials.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs. The Chemistry of Gases Classroom Equipment Kit (AP5951) is needed to perform this lab and is available separately.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-PS2-3: Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces
MS-PS2-4: Construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects
MS-PS2-5: Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact
MS-ESS1-2: Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.
HS-PS2-4: Use mathematical representations of Newton’s Law of Gravitation and Coulomb’s Law to describe and predict the gravitational and electrostatic forces between objects.