Atomic Structure - Atomic mass
This is a very prep-friendly lab for teachers to use when they wish to teach their students about atomic mass calculations. Students use a fictitious element called “Candium” to calculate the average atomic mass from three different isotopes. Students have practice with calculating percent abundance, average mass, and average atomic mass. Extremely helpful teacher-prep guide is also included!
Learning objectives: Your students will be able to...
•Calculate the atomic mass of a fictitious element called "candium"
•Obtain the mass number for the isotopes of "candium"
This lab activity includes:
•2-page lab activity
•Organized data tables
•Teacher's prep guide
•Answer keys to everything!
Materials your students will need:
•Baggies of candy
Works well with many grade levels including middle school!
Other Atomic Structure lessons you may be interested in:
Lesson Plan: Atomic Structure Basics – History of the Atom
Lesson Plan: Atomic Structure Basics – Protons, Neutrons, Electrons, and Isotopes
Lesson Plan: Atomic Structure Basics – Atomic Mass Calculations
Lesson Plan: Atomic Structure Basics – Calculating Electrons for Cations, Anions, and Abbreviations
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Great labs/activities that reinforce these concepts:
Lab Activity: Atomic Mass of “Candium”
Guided-Inquiry Activity: Isotopes
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