Thought Experiment: Creating and Testing Hypotheses

This lesson could fit whilst teaching equilibrium, redox, chemical/physical reactions or just learning about the scientific process. I try to blend scientific thinking in wherever possible, and this is a great one with minimal focus on the "right answer" but instead focusing on thinking like a scientist. HOW TO SET IT UP I use the … Continue reading Thought Experiment: Creating and Testing Hypotheses

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Thought Experiment: Magnetic Properties in Transition Metals

This activity is a great one for interleaving ideas about atomic structure, how ions are formed and the new idea of paramagnetism in transition metals. My kids also found it surprising that these ionic compounds respond to a magnetic field at all! HOW TO SET IT UP Cut the ends of plastic pipettes. Add small … Continue reading Thought Experiment: Magnetic Properties in Transition Metals