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Understanding and Comparing Antacids

Kit #181
Understanding and Comparing Antacids

In this lab activity, students compare several “over-the- counter” brands of antacid tablets for solubility and the ability to neutralize acid. Your stomach contains gastric juices used for digestion. Gastric juices contain hydrochloric acid (HCl) and typically have a pH of 2-3. Antacids are medicinesthat contain alkaline compounds (bases) that neutralize excess stomach acids. Students use pH paper to measure acidity and a pH indicator to determine the end point of an acid-base titration. Antacids also help slow the release of carbon dioxide gas (CO2) produced during neutralization and students use limewater to confirm the production of CO2.

Details at a Glance

  • 1 Day | 1 ~50 minute class period
  • 2 Activities
  • Accommodates 2 classes, each with 8 groups of 4 students
  • Consumables service 64 students
  • Meets our criteria for supporting literacy
  • Requires a water source

Complete Kit Equipment Package

Understanding and Comparing Antacids

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Scientific Concepts

• Relate science to the real world by reinforcement and application
• Perform a neutralizing activity and quantitize it
• Infer which brands of antacids are most effective
• Determine cost-benefits of various brands

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
  • 30 Student Worksheets and Guides
  • 8 Chemplates®
  • 8 Rubber tubes
  • 1 Vial of universal pH indicator strips
  • 24 Calibrated tubes with caps
  • 1 Drop control bottle of Phenolphthalein solution 15ml
  • 8 Drop control bottles of 0.1M Sodium Hydroxide 30ml
  • 4 Drop control bottles of 0.1M Hydrochloric Acid (fill is 100 ml), 180ml
  • 2 60mL bottles of 0.5M Hydrochloric Acid
  • 2 60 mL bottles of 0.5M Sodium Hydroxide
  • 2 60 mL bottles of Limewater
  • Not included and needed for instruction: Antacid tablets.

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