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8.5 Acid deposition


Here are experiments our science specialists have selected to support the IB* topic.


Standardizing a Solution of Sodium Hydroxide

Experiment #6 from Advanced Chemistry with Vernier

In this experiment, you will

  • Prepare an aqueous solution of sodium hydroxide to a target molar concentration.
  • Determine the concentration of your NaOH solution by titrating it with a solution of potassium hydrogen phthalate, abbreviated KHP, with an exact molar concentration.


The Effect of Acid Rain on a Marble Structure

Experiment #10 from Vernier Chemistry Investigations for Use with AP* Chemistry

The objectives in this investigation are (1) to demonstrate and measure the effect of acid rain on exposed stone surfaces, and (2) to calculate the rate of acid degradation of limestone.


Acid Rain

Experiment #22 from Chemistry with Vernier

In this experiment, you will

  • Generate three gaseous oxides, CO2, SO2, and NO2.
  • Simulate the formation of acid rain by bubbling each of the three gases into water and producing three acidic solutions.
  • Measure the pH of the three resulting acidic solutions to compare their relative strengths.


The Effect of Acid Deposition on Aqueous Systems

Experiment #16 from Investigating Chemistry through Inquiry

In Part I of the Preliminary Activity, you will use a pH Sensor to monitor pH as dilute sulfuric acid is added drop wise to a water sample.

General water hardness is related to the dissolved minerals in the water. In Part II of the Preliminary Activity, you will use a Conductivity Probe to determine the conductivity of water from the same source.

Educational Standard
International Baccalaureate (IB)
8. Acids and Bases

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