Chemistry - Solvents and solutions

In this MEL Academy lesson your child will:

  • learn the nature of solvents and solutions
  • make a lava lamp by his own hands
  • detect a fingerprint using iodine

Lesson time

5:00am   PST (San Francisco, Seattle, ...)
6:00am   MST (Phoenix, Denver, ...)
7:00am   CST (Chicago, Houston, ...)
8:00am   EST (New York, Toronto, ...)
1:00pm   GMT (London, ...)

Lesson duration: 45-55 minutes.

Prepare in advance

In this lesson, we will conduct a "Lava Lamp" DIY experiment. Prepare household materials shown below.

DIY Meterials

  vegetable oil
  fizzy tablets
  plastic bottle 0.5 l
  corn syrup (optional)
  strong alcohol (optional)
  baking soda (optional)
  food coloring (optional)

MEL Experiment

If you are a subscriber of MEL Chemistry then you can conduct Detective Iodine from the Diffusion chemistry set:



This lesson is presented by Daniel Sullivan:

Daniel Sullivan

Daniel Sullivan is a hugely enthusiastic and experienced ex-head of science with over 20 years of teaching experience. He is now running a science teacher training company and is looking forward to engaging with students once again.