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Families of Elements Experiment

Kit #110R
Families of Elements Experiment

In this activity students combine different ratios of several chemical solutions and observe similarities and differences in the appearance and amount of precipitate formed. Students then use their results to determine which elements are in the same family of elements and to predict the chemical formulae for the precipitates.

Details at a Glance

  • 1-2 Days | 1-2 ~50 minute class periods
  • 1 Activity
  • Accommodates 2 classes, each with 8 groups of 4 students
  • Consumables service 64 students
  • Meets our criteria for supporting literacy
  • Includes digital resources

Complete Kit Equipment Package

Families of Elements Experiment

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Scientific Concepts

•Elements in the same family share some characteristic properties.
•Elements in the same family form compounds with other elements that are similar in formula and in physical properties.
•Chemical reactions can provide evidence for determining similarities and differences among elements.
•Chemical reactions can provide evidence for determining chemical formulae for compounds.
KEY VOCABULARY: chemical formula(e), element, family of elements, insoluble, precipitate

Guides & Student Sheets

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  • Full downloadable Teacher Guide with background information, detailed instruction, example data and answers
  • Downloadable Student Sheets with age appropriate background information, full procedure(s), and analysis questions
  • All materials necessary to carry out the investigation
  • Safety Data Sheets

Kit Components

  • 1 Teacher’s Guide with MSDS
  • 60 Student Worksheets and Guides
  • 16 Chemplates® 
  • 8 Bottle of Silver Nitrate solution
  • 2 Bottle of Potassium Bromide solution
  • 2 Bottle of Potassium Chloride solution
  • 2 Bottle of Potassium Iodide solution
  • 2 Bottle of Potassium Sulfide solution
  • Not included and needed for instruction: Large Periodic Table.

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