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

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.

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

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.

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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.

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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: 25 Minutes
Accessibility mode: Available
Languages: English (United States)

NGSS

HS-PS1-2, HS-PS1-5

IB

8.1 Theories of acids and bases

8.3 The pH scale

8.2 Properties of acids and bases

AP

4.8 Introduction to Acid-Base Reactions

8.2 pH and pOH of Strong Acids and Bases

8.1 Introduction to Acids and Bases