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The Cinnamon Clock Reaction—Chemical Demonstration Kit

By: Jim and Julie Ealy, Retired, The Peddie School, Hightstown, NJ

Item #: AP2086 

Price: $43.43

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The Cinnamon Clock Reaction Kinetics Chemistry Demonstration Kit is a display of a clock reaction conducted with cinnamaldehyde, the organic molecule extracted from cinnamon sticks. Students love the smell of cinnamon flowing about the lab.

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A clock reaction is conducted using cinnamaldehyde, the organic molecule extracted from cinnamon sticks. Color changes are fascinating. Rates of reaction can also be discussed. Entire demonstration smells of cinnamon. Teacher Demonstration Notes included.

Concepts: Kinetics, organic chemistry.
Time Required: 20 minutes


Materials Included in Kit: 
Acetone, 50 mL
Cinnamaldehyde solution, 600 mL
Sodium hydroxide solution, 2 M, 750 mL

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

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-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Energy and matter
Cause and effect
Structure and function

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.