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Kinetics of a Reaction—Classic Lab Kit for AP® Chemistry

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Item #: AP5913 

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The Kinetics of a Reaction Classic Lab Kit for AP® Chemistry is a two-part microscale lab consisting of a comprehensive, quantitative kinetics activity. Students gain valuable experience with kinetics calculations.

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Classic AP requirement 12—Determination of the Rate of a Reaction and Its Order

Students study the kinetics of a clock reaction involving the oxidation of iodide ion by bromate ion in the presence of an acid. First, students study the effect of concentration on the rate of reaction to determine the order of reaction for each reactant and the rate constant. Second, the activation energy is determined by varying the temperature, measuring the rate and calculating the rate constant at the different temperatures. Finally, the effect of a catalyst on the reaction rate is studied.

Complete for 24 students working in pairs. Two reusable 12-well reaction strips are recommended for each student group and may be purchased separately.

The Kinetics of a Reaction Inquiry Guidance and AP® Chemistry Curriculum Alignment Transition Guide available! Follow the link in Resources to find this valuable publication that lets you adapt this classic AP Chemistry experiment for guided-inquiry and correlate with the AP Chemistry curriculum framework.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Copper(II) nitrate solution, 0.1 M, 75 mL
Hydrochloric acid solution, 0.1 M, 75 mL
Potassium bromate solution, 0.04 M, 75 mL
Potassium iodide, 5 g
Sodium thiosulfate solution,  0.001 M, 75 mL
Starch, soluble potato, 2 g
Beral pipet holder, 12
Cotton swabs, 75/pkg
Pipet, Beral-type, extra fine tip, 100
Toothpicks, wood, 250/box

Additional Materials Required (for each lab group): 0.001-g precision balance (shared), beaker, cassette tape case, label tape for pipets, marking pen, microscale thermometers, 12-well reaction strips, timer, troughs for hot and cold water baths (shared), distilled or deionized water.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Planning and carrying out investigations
Developing and using models
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking

Disciplinary Core Ideas

HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
HS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Energy and matter
Structure and function
Systems and system models

Performance Expectations

HS-PS1-5. Apply scientific principles and evidence to provide an explanation about the effects of changing the temperature or concentration of the reacting particles on the rate at which a reaction occurs.
HS-PS1-6. Refine the design of a chemical system by specifying a change in conditions that would produce increased amounts of products at equilibrium.