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What do I need to purchase to do the prescribed practicals in IB Chemistry?

IB Chemistry standards for lab practicals are listed on this website from Diploma Programme, Chemistry teacher support material

Teachers are required to develop a practical scheme of work (PSOW). Practical skills may be assessed as part of the external assessment. Recommendations are pulled from the Vernier lab books, Chemistry with Vernier, order code CWV, $48 and Advanced Chemistry with Vernier, order code CHEM-A, $48. Also, since inquiry-based learning programs are encouraged, activities from our book, Investigating Chemistry through Inquiry, order code CHEM-I, $48 are included, where appropriate.

For most of the prescribed practicals listed below, you will find a Vernier lab activity that matches well, along with the required sensors and equipment to perform the investigation. For some practicals, there may be multiple sensors or lab activities available. For others, there may not be a Vernier lab activity that matches up exactly, so you will find some suggested sensors to perform your own investigation.

With the exception of the Go Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer, order code GDX-SVISPL, $399, all other Go Direct sensors require Graphical Analysis 4 software on your devices. Go Direct SpectroVis Plus requires either Logger Pro on computers or the Spectral Analysis 4 app on other devices. Go Direct sensors are also compatible with LabQuest App version 2.8.

Your choice of sensors depends on the platform you plan to use to collect data. If you need help deciding, please contact Vernier Technical Support at 888.837.6437 or support@vernier.com.

For a shopping cart of all the Vernier Go Direct sensors and accessories you would need for teaching IB Chemistry with 8 lab groups, see: Full Classroom Recommendation: IB Chemistry Go Direct Sensors and Accessories This cart can be edited to fit your needs.

You can see IB Chemistry correlations to Vernier Chemistry lab books at: Vernier IB Correlations for Chemistry

The list of required practicals for chemistry is shown in the table below.

Topic 1.2: Obtaining and using experimental data for deriving empirical formulas from reactions involving mass changes

     Suggested Lab Activities from Advanced Chemistry with Vernier

     Exp 1: The Determination of a Chemical Formula
     Exp 2: The Determination of the Percent Water in a Compound
     Exp 15A and 15B: The Synthesis and Analysis of Alum

     Sensors/Equipment:
     Go Direct® Temperature Probe, order code GDX-TMP, $69
     Stainless Steel Temperature Probe, order code TMP-BTA, $29

Topic 1.3: Use of the experimental method of titration to calculate the concentration of a solution by reference to a standard solution

     Suggested Lab Activities from Advanced Chemistry with Vernier

     Exp 6: Standardizing a Solution of Sodium Hydroxide
     Exp 7: Acid-Base Titration

     Suggested Lab Activity from Chemistry with Vernier

     Exp 24: Acid-Base Titrations

     Suggested Lab Activity from Investigating Chemistry through Inquiry

     Exp 17: Acid-Base Titrations

     Sensors/Equipment:
     Go Direct® pH Sensor, order code GDX-PH, $89
     Go Direct® Drop Counter, order code GDX-DC, $99 (optional)
     pH Sensor, order code PH-BTA, $79
     Drop Counter, order code VDC-BTD, $99 (optional)

Topic 1.3: Obtaining and using experimental values to calculate the molar mass of a gas from the ideal gas equation

     Suggested Lab Activity from Advanced Chemistry with Vernier

     Exp 5: The Molar Volume of a Gas

     Sensors/Equipment:
     Go Direct® Gas Pressure Sensor, order code GDX-GP, $89
     Go Direct® Temperature Probe, order code GDX-TMP, $69
     Gas Pressure Sensor, order code GPS-BTA, $89
     Stainless Steel Temperature Probe, order code TMP-BTA, $29

Topic 5.1: A calorimetry experiment for an enthalpy of reaction should be covered and the results evaluated

     Suggested Lab Activity from Advanced Chemistry with Vernier

     Exp 13: Determining the Enthalpy of a Chemical Reaction

     Suggested Lab Activities from Chemistry with Vernier

     Exp 17: Energy Content of Fuels
     Exp 18: Additivity of Heats: Hess's Law
     Exp 19: Heat of Combustion of Magnesium

     Suggested Lab Activity from Investigating Chemistry through Inquiry

     Exp 9: Enthalpy Changes

     Sensors/Equipment:
     Go Direct® Temperature Probe, order code GDX-TMP, $69
     Stainless Steel Temperature Probe, order code TMP-BTA, $29

Topic 6.1: Investigation of rates of reaction experimentally and evaluation of results

     Suggested Lab Activities from Advanced Chemistry with Vernier

     Exp 25: The Rate and Order of a Chemical Reaction
     Exp 35: Rate Determination and Activation Energy

     Suggested Lab Activity from Chemistry with Vernier

     Exp 30: Rate Law Determination of the Crystal Violet Reaction

     Suggested Lab Activity from Investigating Chemistry through Inquiry

     Exp 22: Reaction Rates

     Sensors/Equipment:
     Go Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer, order code GDX-SVISPL, $399 or Go Direct® Colorimeter, order code GDX-COL, $119
     Go Direct® Temperature Probe, order code GDX-TMP, $69 (for Exp 35)
     Colorimeter, order code COL-BTA, $119
     Stainless Steel Temperature Probe, order code TMP-BTA, $29 (for Exp 35)

Topic 8.2: Candidates should have experience of acid–base titrations with different indicators.

     Suggested Lab Activity from Advanced Chemistry with Vernier

     Exp 11: Investigating Indicators

     Suggested Lab Activity from Chemistry with Vernier

     Exp 23: Titration Curves of Strong and Weak Acids and Bases

     Sensors/Equipment:
     Go Direct® pH Sensor, order code GDX-PH, $89
     Go Direct® Drop Counter, order code GDX-DC, $99 (optional)
     pH Sensor, order code PH-BTA, $79
     Drop Counter, order code VDC-BTD, $99 (optional)

Topic 8.3: Students should be familiar with the use of a pH meter and universal indicator

     Suggested Lab Activity from Chemistry with Vernier

     Exp 21: Household Acids and Bases

     Suggested Lab Activity from Physical Science with Vernier

     Exp 28: Household Acids and Bases

     Sensors/Equipment:
     Go Direct® pH Sensor, order code GDX-PH, $89
     pH Sensor, order code PH-BTA, $79

Topic 9.2: Performance of laboratory experiments involving a typical voltaic cell using two metal/metal–ion half-cells

     Suggested Lab Activity from Advanced Chemistry with Vernier

     Exp 20: Electrochemistry: Voltaic Cells

     Suggested Lab Activities from Chemistry with Vernier

     Exp 28: Establishing a Table of Reduction Potentials: Micro-Voltaic Cells
     Exp 29: Lead Storage Batteries

     Sensors/Equipment:
     Go Direct® Voltage Probe, order code GDX-VOLT, $69
     Differential Voltage Probe, order code DVP-BTA, $39
     Voltage Probe, order code VP-BTA, $12

Topic 19.1: Perform lab experiments that could include single replacement reactions in aqueous solutions

     Suggested Lab Activity from Advanced Chemistry with Vernier

     Exp 5: The Molar Volume of a Gas

     Suggested Lab Activity from Chemistry with Vernier

     Exp 19: Heat of Combustion: Magnesium

     Sensors/Equipment:
     Go Direct® Gas Pressure Sensor, order code GDX-GP, $89
     Go Direct® Temperature Probe, order code GDX-TMP, $69
     Gas Pressure Sensor, order code GPS-BTA, $89
     Stainless Steel Temperature Probe, order code TMP-BTA, $29

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