Acids and Bases (Principles): Avoid falling in a lake of acid!

Acids and Bases (Principles)
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About Acids and Bases (Principles): Avoid falling in a lake of acid! Virtual Lab Simulation

This is the principles (high school) version of the simulation. For a more advanced version please see: “Acids and Bases”.

Watch out! You have discovered a lake on an exoplanet – but is it acidic or basic?  You will surely know by the end of this one! You’ll have the chance to experiment with strong acids and bases to figure out how to reach a “neutral” pH.

If this simulation seems too “basic” for you, don’t worry as you’ll have the chance to deal with acids, too. In this simulation, you will learn about pH and pOH by mixing substances to reach a certain pH and sort various liquids by acidity. 

What is the acidity of water?

Have Dr. One guide you as you learn the different definitions of acids and bases and get hands-on experience experimenting with different solution. Recreate the pH from skin lotions using only acids and bases and precision pouring techniques.

Return to the exoplanet

In the Acids and Bases (Principles) simulation, you are taken back to the exoplanet Astakos IV by accident. Here, you will collect a sample from a highly acidic lake. Your mission is to compare the sample with everyday solutions found at home, in the kitchen or in your classroom.

The pH of foods

You will briefly dive into the effects of eating certain foods.  How will different acidic or basic foods affect your blood pH? And how do they compare in pH to other types of food?

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In a futuristic lab, you will get help from a robot assistant to determine the acidity of a lake of acid found on an exoplanet. You will learn how to quantify the acidity and alkalinity of substances.

Techniques in Lab

  • pH meter

Learning Objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to…

  • Understand that acids and bases can be found everywhere
  • Understand the logarithmic nature of the pH scale
  • Calculate the pH of a strong acid or base

Simulation Features

Length – 30 minutes
Accessibility mode – Available
Languages – English, Spanish

Examples of Related Standards


Life sciences and Chemistry related 1st Year


HS-PS1-2, HS-PS1-5


8.1 Theories of acids and bases
8.2 Properties of acids and bases
8.3 The pH scale


4.8 Introduction to Acid-Base Reactions
8.1 Introduction to Acids and Bases
8.2 pH and pOH of Strong Acids and Bases

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