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Acids, Bases, and Salts

Acids and bases are all around us, including a diverse array of food, drink and domestic products, providing many opportunities to explore real contexts and applications of chemistry. Note though, the over-exaggerated portrayal of acids in the media (like movies and TV shows) can be unhelpful. While acids often are highly corrosive substances that ‘eat away’ materials in their path – some bases are even more corrosive. But, bases don’t share the reputation of their acidic counterparts in movies (for example). Further – salt is more than just table salt (sodium chloride, NaCl) used for food. Salt is any chemical compound formed from the reaction of an acid with a base.

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5:09 What are salts? | Chemistry for All | The Fuse School

2:56 Why Is The Ocean Salty?

4:24 Acids Bases and Salts – Introduction

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Instructor Emphasis:

  • Science & Engineering Practice: Use mathematical and computational thinking.
  • Cross-Cutting Concept: Stability and Change.
Standards Concepts
  • Changing the number of electrons an atom has will change its reactivity with atoms around it.