"Lecture demonstrations help to focus students' attention on chemical behavior and chemical properties, and to increase students' knowledge and awareness of chemistry. To approach them simply as a chance to show off dramatic chemical changes or to impress students with the "magic" of chemistry is to fail to appreciate the opportunity they provide to teach scientific concepts and descriptive properties of chemical systems. The lecture demonstration should be a process, not a single event." -- B. Shakhashiri




Acid-Base NCSU Chemistry Light and Electron Transitions
Buffering Action Chemical Sunset (Tyndall Effect)
Chalk with Acid Flame Tests
CO2 in Aqueous Solutions Lightsticks - Chemiluminescence
Determining Acid Strength Using Magnesium Chemiluminescence with Luminol
Red Cabbage Indicator Photoreduction
Spectral Tubes
Thionin Reaction
Visible Spectrometer
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Equilibrium NCSU Chemistry Kinetics
Dry Ice and Limewater Aladdin's Lamp (Decomp of H2O2)
Equilibrium with Water Blue Bottle and Traffic Light (Oscillating Demos)
Le Chatelier's Principle Briggs-Rauscher Reaction (Yellow to Blue)
NO2-N2O4 Tubes Buret Kinetics
Precipitation Elephant's Toothpaste (Decomp of H2O2)
CoCl2 Thermosiphon Landolt Iodine Clock
Old Nassau Reaction
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Gas Law & Intermolecular Forces NCSU Chemistry Thermochemistry
Ammonia Fountain Ammonium Dichromate Volcano
Combining Volumes of Gases: NO2 and O2 Dehydration of Sugar by H2SO4
Distilling Air Dilution of H2SO4
Dry Ice in Balloon - Volume Change Frying Egg Demo (Slaking of CaO)
Common Gas Law Demonstrations Freeze Glass to Wood
Graham's Law of Effusion Combustion of Cellulose Nitrate (Guncotton)
Inverted Liquid Heats of Solution
Strength of Intermolecular Forces Lycopodium Powder
Surface Tension of Water Reactivity of Alkali Metals
Triple Point of Water Reactivity of Alkaline Earth Metals
Water Fountain Supersaturated Sodium Acetate
Thermite Reaction
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Electrochemistry & Conductivity NCSU Chemistry Organic Chemistry
Can Ripper Oxidation of Alcohols – Breathalyzer
Copper Plating of Steel Wool Distillation
Dissolving Penny in HNO3 Ether Fire Extinguished with Earwax
Dry Cell (Pencil Battery) Esterification and Odors of Esters
Electrolysis of Water Food Chromatography
Conductivity of Electrolyte Solutions Latex
Electrolytic Cell (KI) Nylon 6-6
Electroplating Overhead Projector Polarimeter
Food Battery Rayon from Dryer Lint
Galvanic Cell Salting Out Ethanol from Water
Glowing Pickle Solubility, Separation, and Emulsions
Golden Penny Slime – Polyvinyl Alcohol with Borax
Human Battery SN1 Reaction: Hydrolysis of (CH3)3CCl
Metal Trees Superabsorbent Polymer
Oxidation States of Chromium Tollen’s Test (Silver Mirror)
Oxidation States of Manganese
Common Redox Demonstrations Educational Resources for Polymers


For more information about available demonstrations, please contact Dr. Jeremiah Feducia by email or phone at (919) 515-2296.

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