Submitted by Michelle Personick / Wesleyan University on Wed, 06/23/2021 - 16:37
My Notes
Course Level

This activity is a guided approach to answering the following: "Give an example of a silver (Ag+) salt that is expected to be soluble in water." It requires students to consider both HSAB and Bronsted acid/base concepts when evaluating solubility.

I use the activity at the end of the unit on reactivity of ions in aqueous solutions, after we have gone over all of the relevant concepts, and the question (without scaffolding) is similar to what I might ask on an exam.

Learning Goals

Students should be able to combine HSAB and Bronsted concepts of acidity/basicity to predict the solubility of a compound.

Equipment needs


Implementation Notes

I have the students work on the activity in groups and then we discuss it together at the end of class. When I used the activity I was teaching via Zoom, so I had students collaborate with their group in a Google Doc (one page per group) and I followed along while they were in their breakout rooms. I taught my class in a flipped format, so the activity is designed to take a full 50 minute class period, including introduction, group work, and full class discussion.

Time Required
40-50 minutes
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