Chemistry WebQuest Links

(Media to Accompany ChemConnections Workbooks)

Acid Rain WebQuest
A local citizens' group has hired you, and a group of other researchers, to investigate acid rain. You will take on the role of either a Chemist, Ecologist, Health Scientist, or Economist and examine the issue from that perspective. Working within this team, you will create a web site detailing the problems caused by acid rain and recommending ways that these problems can be alleviated.
Arsenic and Old Lace - The Chemistry Connection -  A WebQuest for High School Chemistry Students
by Stacy Snoble of Pekin Community High School
"Arsenic and Old Lace" is a play written in 1941 by Joseph Kesselring.  It is the story of two elderly sisters who poison unsuspecting gentlemen boarders by serving them elderberry wine laced with arsenic then bury them in the cellar of their home.  What is arsenic?  How does it affect the body?  Have any historical figures died from arsenic poisoning?  Are there cases of arsenic poisoning today?
Bonding - It's all about Bonding
by Boris Spektor, Mike Veladez, Laura Bertani The world exists in part due to the ebb and flow of conflict and collaboration. This ebb and flow can even be seen through nature’s smallest forms, like those of chemical bonds. Use the Periodic Table as a guide to determine why certain compounds can or cannot mix -- why they either form bonds or remain in conflict.
Chemical Reactions
Cosmic Chemistry
Michael Antrim, Ivine Unified School District
Purpose:  To investigate the chemistry of stars, nebula, planets, and other celestial bodies. This activity will help the learner understand and appreciate the integration of  the sciences of astronomy and chemistry.
Education Services - Chemical Heritage Foundation
The quests included here are designed for use in high school or freshman level college courses
The Junkyard of Ideas—This activity explores the scientific process by taking a look at some of chemistry's abandoned theories, how they were formulated, and how the process of observation and experimentation ulitmately supplanted them with newer theories.

Evidence for Atoms
Here students will eamine not only the basic premises of modern chemistry, but the scientific process as well by investigating how observation and experiment led to Dalton's atomic theory.
Powered by Chemistry—T
he world depends on energy, and all energy is supplied through chemistry of some sort, as the students will learn as they explore the chemistry of current and future energy sources in this WebQuest.
The Chemistry Blimp
This investigation explores the chemistry of lighter-than-air flight, from the basics of hot-air balloon buoyancy to the surprising chemistry of the Hindenburg disaster.
The Great PVC Controversy
Students examine the gifts of technology and its costs in this activity. PVC is a very useful plastic, but ont without its risks. Students will explore the benefits and risks of PVC and wrestle with how to balance the need for useful materials with the need to minimize the risks involved.
Electromagnetic Spectrum
by Kathy Bachhuber, St. Mary's Springs High School, Fond du Lac Wi
Evolution of the Atom:  The Great Atomic Adventure: The Evolution of the Atom - A WebQuest for Chemistry High School Student
created by Val Springborn of Pekin Community High School
It is common knowledge that atoms are the "basic building blocks of matter."  Yet, atoms are so small that, even today, it is impossible to "see" one.  Our interpretation of the atom is based on indirect experimental data.  Because of this, our model of the atom constantly changes as our experimental ability improves.  This WebQuest challenges you to investigate and piece together "the great adventure" that the atomic model has had over time!
Fireworks - The Chemistry of Fireworks
Glencoe Science
What are the component parts of fireworks?  What chemical compounds cause fireworks to explode?  What chemical compounds are responsible for the colors of fireworks?  In this WebQuest you will explore the chemistry of fireworks and answer some of these questions.
Gas Laws WebQuest
Ms. K. Brennen
You are the owner of a SCUBA diving academy.  In order to make sure none of your divers get sick or die due to scuba diving, you need to make your diving students aware of the gas laws that affect diving, such as Dalton's Law, Boyle's Law, Henry's Law, and Charles' Law.
Modern Atomic Theory
A WebQuest for grade 10 chemistry by Barbara Malkas
Task:  You are both experimental chemists constructing a model of the atom, except that one of you is a chemist in 1899 and your partner is a chemist from 1999. Both of you will need to research at least five scientists and their contributions to the view of the atom in your time period. For further instructions see the process.
Nuclear Chemistry WebQuest
by Brad Phelps
Nuclear chemistry is the most powerful and misunderstood topic in chemistry. The mention of the word nuclear puts most people in fear and their first and sometimes only picture is that of a nuclear explosion. What comes first to your mind when the term nuclear chemistry is brought up? Are the bomb, nuclear power and radiation poisoning the only things nuclear chemistry has to offer? In this quest you will find the answers to these questions and learn a tremendous amount about nuclear chemistry.
Organic Chemistry - An Internet WebQuest on Organic Chemistry
Created by Ms. Morelli - John F. Kennedy High School
What significance did organic compounds have in the twentieth century?
Spring Break Chemistry - A WebQuest
Prepared by Renee Hill and Teresa McDonald
At long last it's Spring Break!  You and your friends plan to spend the week basking in the sun at the beach.  All thoughts of chemistry are banished from your mind.  Or are they?  How does that sunscreen work?  How do your new shades darken automatically?  Why do the grains of sand in your sand castle stick together?