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myIDEA Laboratory Experiments in General Chemistry

Stephen Glotzhober, sglotz@umich.edu, LSA, undecided, Class of 2012


This was my second semester as part of the FUTURE Experiment 1: Double Replacement Lab I learned many things from participating in the FUTURE
program. I like being a FUTURE participant because of Students were given a reaction well and several program. First, I learned the importance of being
the insight I gain into education, the interactions I have chemicals to test. By trying various combinations of flexible. Experiments do not always work out as
with both the students and the teacher, and also I enjoy chemicals in a systematic method, students were able planned for all students, and it is important to be able to
helping others learn about how chemistry is applied to see if a precipitate formed, meaning that a double deal with roadblocks that arise. Also, I learned the
outside of the classroom. replacement reaction occurred. They were then asked value of added help when doing experiments. In a
to write out the equation. These reactions are class of 30 students, it would be very hard to run
I chose to work with Tom Bobovsky again because I important in areas such as neutralization, where an acid experiments with only one instructor. Many questions
had a great experience working with Tom in the Fall and base combine to form a harmless salt and water. are asked, and different students need help with
semester 2008. While I had worked with his organic different aspects of the experiment. Skills I learned
chemistry class in the fall, my schedule was better Experiment 2: Stoichiometry Lab from FUTURE are transferrable to other areas as well.
suited to work with his general chemistry classes during Students carried out a variation of the classic acid- For instance, public speaking and being able to
the winter semester. Tom and I had two main goals baking soda experiment. By mixing HCl and baking communicate ideas effectively, along with being able to
this semester: 1) to allow each of his classes to get soda, NaCl was produced. Using measurements they adapt, are skills that I will need for almost any career I
some hands-on laboratory experience that related to took throughout the lab, the students were able to choose.
what they were currently learning about 2) Carry out calculate percent yield and stoichimetric conversions.
thoughtful and engaging experiments by bringing in Important in areas such as baking, where wrong ratios
real-life applications. of ingredients can lead to a cake that is either too bitter
TIMELINE or too sweet.

Week 1 – Meeting the classes and observing a typical Experiment 3: Plating of a Penny
lesson In a solution of sodium hydroxide and zinc, pennies
were added which proceeded to turn silver from the
Week 2 – Planning out experiments with Tom relating zinc. Students then rinsed the pennies in distilled
to current course work water. Lastly, pennies were heated using a bunsen
burner in order to produce the alloy brass, which looks
Week 3 – Experiment 1 gold. This experiment helped show the students how
chemistry can be used to change the appearance of
everyday objects. School Information: Cass Technical High School
Week 4 – Experiment 2
Teacher Information: Tom Bobovsky, tbobovsky@gmail.com
Project Coordinator: Mary Starr
Week 5 – Experiment 3
ProjectSupport Staff: Cesar Delgado, Morten Lundsgaard,
Justin Lomont, Tracy Lent