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Organic Chemistry: Modeling Functional Groups

Kit #132

How is a family of compounds created by a common functional group? With this Lab-Aid, students draw "structural formulas" for such "functional groups" as alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, acids, and tersters. They construct the corresponding models and see how a two-dimensional diagram materializes into a 3-dimensional molecule. Students learn the relationship between the diagrams and models as well as how a "family" of compounds is created by a common "functional group." Twelve complete sets of molecular model components are provided, one per each group of two students. An additional set of molecular model components are available as ADD A GROUP item # 132EL.

Details at a Glance

  • 1-2 Days | 1-2 ~50 minute class periods
  • 1 Activity
  • Accommodates unlimited classes, each with 12 groups of 2 students
  • All materials are non-consumable

Complete Kit Equipment Package

Organic Chemistry: Modeling Functional Groups

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Scientific Concepts

• Relate 2-dimensional formulas to construction of 3-dimensional models
• Observe how a “family” of compounds is created by a common “functional group"

Guides & Student Sheets

Our kits and modules provide you with everything you need so you can open, review, and teach the material confidently the next day.

  • 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

  • 12 Packages containing the following plastic atom models:
  • 13 Covalent bonds (white tubes)
  • 10 Hydrogen (white)
  • 6 Carbon (black),
  • 4 Oxygen (blue)
  • 36 Student Worksheet and Guides
  • 1 Teacher’s Guide

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