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Ionic or Molecular?

Main Core Tie

Science - Chemistry
Standard 3 Objective 3

Time Frame

1 class periods of 90 minutes each

Group Size

Small Groups


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Students will test and observations six compounds and determine whether they are molecular or ionic. They will test general appearance, melting point and the electrical conductivity of water solutions.



  • student sheet
  • CBL System with conductivity probe (or other method to test conductivity)
  • H2O (distilled)
  • TI-83 Graphing Calculator
  • Bunsen Burner and Goggles
  • Vernier Conductivity Probe
  • Plastic drinking cups
  • Wash bottle with distilled water
  • sodium chloride (NaCl)
  • potassium iodide (KI)
  • Copper(II sulfate (CuSO4)
  • glucose (C6H12O6)
  • salicylic acid (C7H6O4)
  • camphor (C10H16O).

Background for Teachers

Safety considerations:
Students must wear safety glasses and follow approved guidelines for handling all chemicals. Students should not heat test tubes beyond the point needed to see melting occur. The glass may melt.

Instructional Procedures

  1. Assemble the needed materials. If you do not have conductivity meters, a battery, voltmeter or small light (LED or Christmas tree lights) two leads and two electrodes will work.
  2. Assemble in a circuit and use the brightness of the light as a qualitative measure of conductivity.


Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

Created: 12/15/2014
Updated: 02/05/2018