Introduction to Qualitative Analysis of Elements (NEW)

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About Introduction to Qualitative Analysis of Elements (NEW) Virtual Lab Simulation

This short, targeted simulation is adapted from the full-length “Periodic Table of Elements: Get the table organized in time!” simulation.

Let’s fire up the elements! In this simulation, you will learn all the fundamentals of the periodic table. You will find out which elements have metallic characteristics, perform a flame test, and explore some of the trends in atomic properties among the main groups and periods.

Fix the broken table in time

Your first mission is to familiarize yourself with the periodic table and understand the fundamentals of the elements. You will use this knowledge to figure out where the missing pieces belong by investigating the elements’ characteristics and properties. The periodic table is an amazing tool for getting an overview of all the elements in existence, even the elements that only exist when we create them ourselves. So let’s put it back together! 

Flame color test and atomic properties

You will combine your observations with the results from the flame color test to sort the first few elements in the table. You will do this by careful observation and comparison of the flame colors with other elements from the table. You may need to use your knowledge about element classes as well to get the full overview.
There are surprisingly many atomic properties for which trends can be observed via the periodic table and you will investigate some of these trends in the lab. You will need all of your gained knowledge to fix the table and assign the fallen-out elements back into it before time runs out.

Help a student in need

At the end of the simulation, a special guest will visit the lab, and she needs your help to understand the basics of the periodic table. 

Will you be able to and use your knowledge of the periodic table to explain it to the guest and answer her questions?

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Help Dr. One get the periodic table ready in time! By directly observing the elements’ characteristics and testing their flame color, your mission is to figure out where a number of fallen out elements belong in the periodic table.

Techniques in Lab

  • Qualitative analysis
  • Flame color test

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the structure and organization of the periodic table
  • Classify elements of a family based on their location in the periodic table
  • Distinguish metals from other element classes based on typical characteristics 
  • Use the flame color test to identify metals based on their position in the periodic table 
  • Relate valence electrons and oxidation state of a main group element to its position in the periodic table
  • Describe some of the trends among groups and periods for atomic properties

Simulation Features

Length – 21 minutes
Accessibility mode – Available
Languages – English

Examples of Related Standards


General chemistry courses


ETS1.A-P2, PS1.A-E3, PS1.A-H2


Chemistry 3.1: Periodic table
Chemistry 3.2 Periodic trends


Chemistry Unit 1.7: Periodic Trends

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