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Introduction to Conductivity

kit #309

All materials can be classified as a conductor, insulator or semi-conductor. Materials are classified according to their resistance to the flow of current. A conductor is a substance that is capable of carrying an electric charge from one point to another. An insulator blocks the flow of current. Semi-conductors are neither. Their conductivity lies in between the two.
In Part 1 of this interesting Lab-Aids, students test several common objects to determine if they are conductors or insulators. In Part 2, The students test electrical conductivity in aqueous solutions.They test an acid, base, salt, alcohol and a hydrocarbon. This kit is an excellent introduction for students in physical science, general science and introductory chemistry courses. Conductivity testers are required for these activities, but are not included with this kit. We recommend the Lab-Aids® 9-Level Conductivity Indicator (Product ID 300M-U). This kit is packaged complete for 30 students.


REQUIRES CONDUCTIVITY INDICATORS, We recommend the Lab-Aids® 9-Level Conductivity Indicator (Product ID 300M-U).

  • Explores electrical conductivity
  • Develop principles of conductors and insulators
  • Develop principles of electrolytes and non-electrolytes using acids, bases, salts, alcohols, and hydrocarbons
  • Test a variety of common materials for their conductivity characteristics
  • Differentiate between strong, weak, and non-conductors of electricity

Content List in Introduction to Conductivity is as follows:

Quantity Description
15 Chemplates® with measuring and mixing spatulas
1 String, cut, pkg
1 Paper clips, metal, pkg
1 pics, plastic, pkg
1 Rubber bands, pkg
1 Insulation copper wire, strips, pkg
2 Bottles of hydrochloric acid, 6M, 1/4 oz
2 Bottles of denatured alcohol, 1/4 oz
2 Bottles of glacial acetic acid, 1/4 oz
3 Bottles of deionized water, 2 oz
1 Vial of calcium hydroxide
1 Vial of sodium chloride crystals
1 Vial of sucrose crystals, solid
1 Teacher's Guide with MSDS
30 Student Worksheets and Guides
Number of students
Number of groups
Maximum 15 groups per period

To complete this kit requires one ~50-minute class period.

Title Item # Price Quantity
Introduction to Conductivity 309 $185.35
Introduction to Conductivity REFRESH-A-KIT 309-RC $40.20
Lab-Aids 9 Level LED Conductivity Meter 300M-U $33.85