Equilibria

Classroom resources featuring activities from our Equilibria professional development course for teachers

This collection is most valuable to those who have attended this course and wish to put into practice with their students some of the ideas and activities presented as part of that event. Please note that this list is not exhaustive; not all trainer activities have a corresponding classroom resource. In some circumstances there is variation between the training resource and classroom resource.

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Quantum Casino

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Quantum Casino takes a fundamental approach to thermodynamics. This starts with the chance behaviour of particles and energy, and sees how this leads to predictable outcomes of chemical reactions.

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Equilibria starters 2 (16–18)

Quiz your students on the equilibrium constant and how to use it with these Starter for ten questions. 

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Equilibria starters 1 (16–18)

Quantify your students’ knowledge of equilibria with these Starter for ten activities covering dynamic equilibria, Le Châtelier’s principle and equilibria and industry. 

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Ammonia

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An introduction to ammonia.

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Sulfuric Acid

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An introduction to sulfuric acid production

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Beyond appearances

Reviews of research on students’ misconceptions in conceptual areas of chemistry. Misconceptions are described and discussed, together with indications of their origins.

Ball balance

Equilibria

This programme is designed to develop students understanding through basic concepts such as reversible and irreversible reaction, looking at both physical and chemical changes, to dynamic equilibria and factors that affect equilibria. Working through the activities will also develop thinking and research skills.

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Rates and equilibria

This activity demonstrates the links between the topics of rates of reaction and the equilibrium law. It provides students with an explanation of the equilibrium law and helps them explain why Le Chatelier’s principle works for temperature, concentration and pressure.

Pouring light yellow iron chloride solution into a beaker of clear potassium thiocyanate solution causing a chemical reaction changing the colour of the liquid to dark red

Equilibrium reactions and the factors affecting them | 16-18 years

Check common misconceptions about equilibrium reactions and the effects of concentration, catalysts and temperature using this lesson plan for 16–18 year olds.

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Distribution of iodine between two immiscible solvents

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Using iodine crystals dissolved in equal volumes of two immiscible solvents, students can create an equilibrium distribution.

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Measuring an equilibrium constant on a microscale

Use your microscale titration apparatus to determine the equilibrium constant for the reaction between silver(I) and iron(II) ions

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Le Chatelier's principle: the effect of concentration on equilibrium

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The reversible reaction between bismuth(III) oxychloride and bismuth(III) chloride is demonstrated in this experiment.

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Le Chatelier's principle: the effect of concentration and temperature on an equilibrium

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Changing the chlorine concentration or temperature in this reaction shifts the position of equilibrium, demonstrating Le Chatelier’s principle.

Two coloured cobalt solutions - one pink, one blue

The equilibrium between two coloured cobalt species

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In this demonstration the equilibrium between two different coloured cobalt species is disturbed. Le Chatelier’s principle is used to predict a colour change.

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Equilibria involving carbon dioxide in aqueous solution

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Turn a mixture of methyl red indicator and soda water from red to yellow, and create a less acidic solution as the equilibria adjusts.

A photograph of two sealed ampoules containing nitrogen dioxide; one is dark brown in colour, in a beaker of hot water, and one is light brown, in a beaker of ice water.

Le Chatelier’s principle: the effect of pressure and temperature on equilibrium

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Try this demonstration to explore the effects of pressure and temperature on an equilibrium mixture with your students. Includes kit list and safety instructions.

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Entropy and equilibrium

This activity shows the students the fundamental link between entropy and equilibrium and increases students’ understanding of scientific models. It highlights the importance of mathematical descriptions in physical chemistry.