Innovating Science Properties of Soaps and Detergents, Small Group Learning

Item #: 2001878

A hands-on, small group consumer chemistry activity is a perfect addition to your science program.

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Students will examine the similarities and differences in the properties of soap, hand dishwashing detergent, and machine dishwashing detergent, all provided in the kit. Activities include testing pH, examining the effect of soap and detergent on the surface tension of water, foaming ability, fat emulsification, and the performance of soap and detergent in hard water. This kit has all of the materials needed for 5 groups, including a teacher's manual and student study guide copy masters.

Aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.A; PS1.B
  • Performance Expectations: MS-PS1-3; HS-PS1-3
  • Cross Cutting Concepts: Patterns; structure and function
  • Engineering Practices: Planning and carrying out investigations; obtaining, evaluating and communicating information
Kit Includes:
  • 10mL Liquid Soap
  • 10mL Dishwashing Detergent (Hand)
  • 10mL Dishwashing Detergent (Machine)
  • 20mL Vegetable Oil
  • 20mL Calcium Chloride, 5% Solution
  • 20 Disposable Medicine Cups
  • 20 Polystyrene Test Tubes
  • 20 Capillary Tubes
  • 20 Graduated Plastic Pipettes
  • 50 Universal Indicator Strips