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1) Atoms and Molecules2) Macro to Micro Structures 3) Energetics and Dynamics 4) Theory and Practice in Chemical Systems 5) Chemical Design 6) The Chemistry of Life 7) Chemistry and the Environment
8) Chemistry at the Interface

Unit 7.3 The Chemistry in Earth’s Water
This unit shows a class learning important methods in chemistry while conducting their own chemical analysis of water as part of an environmental science unit. Students engage in scientific measurements of water quality at a nearby lake.
Video program cues: 16:20-29:35

Measuring water samples

"We have a catchment lake which was built fairly close to school, we walk the kids there and take some water samples also. We do lots of stuff about chemical analysis using this lake. We are teaching filtration techniques using the dirty water samples; it could be calculating percent organic vs. percent inorganic in samples, and salt sediments."

Caryn Galatis
Thomas Edison High School, Virginia


Sinniah, K., Piers, K. (2001)' Ion Chromatography: Analysis of Ions in Pond Waters, 'Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 78, No. 3, pp: 358-342.

Analysis of water laboratory

Veatta Berry teaches about the analysis of water quality and about presenting results.



  • The GLOBE program is a worldwide authentic science program in which students make measurements–water, land, etc–in their own locale and report the data on the web. Enter the GLOBE site and click on "Teacher’s Manual" on left for activities.
  • Activities related to the chemistry of solubility and water quality.

Kelter, P.B., Grundman, J., Hage, D.S., Carr, J.D., Mauricio, C. (1997)' A Discussion about Pollution in the United States and Mexico; with High School Laboratory Activities for the Analysis of Lead, Atrazine, and Nitrate, 'Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 74, No. 12, pp: 1413-1421.

Randall, Jack (1997)' Integrating High School Chemistry with Environmental Studies and Research, 1997, 'Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 74, pp: 1409.

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