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Chemistry - In-Person Class Notes

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration. Remember, there will be others checking in as well that registration may take a little time, depending on the size of the class and the event held in conjunction with the class.

Your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending this merit badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmater Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will ensure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Chemistry Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any merit badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Things to remember to bring for this merit badge class:

  • Merit badge blue card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster
  • Chemistry Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Chemistry merit badge, which may also include a merit badge workbook for reference with notes
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Please read and understand the Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process.

Chemistry - Online Class Notes

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class to ensure your connection to the online session is working properly. Ask people in your household to refrain from unnecessary internet usage, including but not limited to: streaming videos, online gaming, and other heavy bandwidth usage.

You will receive a link 12 to 24 hours before the class start time. Notification will come through the email address provided during the registration process, so please make sure you enter your email correctly.

Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn when attending this Online Merit Badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the Merit Badge Pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these online class opportunities. The Merit Badge Pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a Merit Badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Chemistry Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any Merit Badge Workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Chemistry Merit Badge Workbook for taking notes to help you prepare.

It should be noted that this Merit Badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this Merit Badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Chemistry Merit Badge
Current Scouts BSA Requirements
as of November 27, 2022

Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general participation expectations in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge class.

Pay careful attention to the action verbs within the requirements. An example to note:

"Tell", "explain", "describe", and "discuss" are commonly used and will require the Scout to perform these actions during the class. When these action verbs are a part of any requirement, Scouts are expected to be prepared to share. Reading responses is not acceptable since it does not fulfill the requirement of showing the Scout's knowledge and understanding.

1.
Do EACH of the following:
a.
Describe three examples of safety equipment used in a chemistry laboratory and the reason each one is used.
Scouts should be prepared to describe their findings for this portion of the requirement. It is suggested that any notes or references be brought with to the class in order to aid in completion.
b.
Describe what a safety data sheet (SDS) is and tell why it is used.
Scouts should research and formulate an answer that they can describe to the counselor during the class.
c.
Obtain an SDS for both a paint and an insecticide. Compare and discuss the toxicity, disposal, and safe-handling sections for these two common household products.
This part of the requirement will be completed in the class however Scouts should be familiar with the requirement and its terms in order to be better prepared for discussion.
Scouts will need to come to the class having ovtained two SDSs. Only Scouts that come to the class having prepared by obtaining these sheets will be considered ofr sign off on this requirement as a part of the class.
d.
Discuss the safe storage of chemicals. How does the safe storage of chemicals apply to your home, your school, your community, and the environment?
Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.
2.
Do EACH of the following:
a.
Predict what would happen if you placed an iron nail in a copper sulfate solution. Then, put an iron nail in a copper sulfate solution. Describe your observations and make a conclusion based on your observations. Compare your prediction and original conclusion with what actually happened. Write the formula for the reaction that you described.
This portion of requirement 2 will be completed in the class.
b.
Demonstrate how you would separate sand (or gravel) from water. Describe how you would separate table salt from water, oil from water, and gasoline from motor oil. Name the practical processes that require these kinds of separations and how the processes may differ.
The first part of the requirement will be done in the class with the assistance of the counselor, however, prior to arrival at the class, Scouts should research and be prepared to describe how each is separated from the other. Scouts should also have at least one "process" sample for each of these in mind to share and how they differ from the others.
The first part of the requirement will NOT be done in the class. Scouts will need to procure sand and gravel and any necessary resources to be able to demonstrate the separation process as the requirement states during the class. The remaining parts of this requirement component will be discussed in the class however, prior to arrival at the class, Scouts should research and be prepared to describe how each is separated from the other. Scouts should also have at least one "process" sample for each of these in mind to share and how they differ from the others.
c.
Describe the difference between a chemical reaction and a physical change.
Scouts should bring any supporting notes to the class and be prepared to describe.
3.
Construct a Cartesian diver. Describe its function in terms of how gases in general behave under different pressures and different temperatures. Describe how the behavior of gases affects a backpacker at high altitudes and a scuba diver underwater.
This requirement will be covered in the class.
This requirement will NOT be covered in the class however, Scouts should utilize the Chemistry Merit Badge pamphlet or other source, to learn how to construct and bring their successfully constructed Cartesian diver to the class to share with the counselor / instructor and other Scouts for sign off consideration.
4.
Do EACH of the following:
a.
Cut a round onion into small chunks. Separate the onion chunks into three equal portions. Leave the first portion raw. Cook the second portion of onion chunks until the pieces are translucent. Cook the third portion until the onions are caramelized, or brown in color. Taste each type of onion. Describe the taste of raw onion versus partially cooked onion versus caramelized onion. Explain what happens to molecules in the onion during the cooking process.
Scouts will need to do this requirement at home (with parental supervision) and come to the class with their findings. Proof should be made with photographs of their experiment to show the counselor / instructor during the class that they actually did the experiment. Time will be allotted during the class to share their experienece with the counselor / instructor and other Scouts to complete the discussion parts of this requirement component. Only Scouts who can show the counselor / instructor proof that they actually did the onion experiment will be considered for sign off.
b.
Describe the chemical similarities and differences between toothpaste and an abrasive household cleanser. Explain how the end use or purpose of a product affects its chemical formulation.
Scouts should come prepared having reviewed the information in the merit badge pamphlet as it pertains to these requirements component for class discussion.
c.
In a clear container, mix a half-cup of water with a tablespoon of oil. Explain why the oil and water do not mix. Find a substance that will help the two combine, and add it to the mixture. Describe what happened, and explain how that substance worked to combine the oil and water.
Scouts should have the ingredients and supplies for this experiment to do as a part of the class under counselor / instructor guidance. ALl Scouts will do this experiment as a part of the online class and share their results and findings as a part of the class discussion. Please do not do this experiment ahead of time.
All components of requirements 4 will be completed during the class as a part of this class. Scouts should come prepared having reviewed the information in the merit badge pamphlet as it pertains to these requirements.
5.
List the five classical divisions of chemistry. Briefly describe each one, and tell how it applies to your everyday life.
Scouts should review this requirement and be prepared to discuss. It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of these items.
6.
Do EACH of the following:
a.
Name two government agencies that are responsible for tracking the use of chemicals for commercial or industrial use. Pick one agency and briefly describe its responsibilities.
b.
Define pollution. Explain the chemical impacts on the ozone layer and global climate change.
c.
Using reasons from chemistry, describe the effect on the environment of ONE of the following:
1.
The production of aluminum cans
2.
Burning fossil fuels
3.
Single-use items, such as water bottles, bags, straws, or paper
d.
Briefly describe the purpose of phosphates in fertilizer and in laundry detergent. Explain how the use of phosphates in fertilizers affects the environment. Explain why phosphates have been removed from laundry detergents.
All of the options for requirement 6 can and should be researched and reviewed prior to the class. It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of these items.
7.
Do ONE of the following activities:
a.
Visit a laboratory and talk to a chemist. Ask what that chemist does and what training and education are needed to work as a chemist.
b.
Using resources found at the library and in periodicals, books, and the internet (with your parent’s permission), learn about two different kinds of work done by chemists, chemical engineers, chemical technicians, or industrial chemists. For each of the four positions, find out the education and training requirements.
c.
Visit an industrial plant that makes chemical products or uses chemical processes and describe the processes used. What, if any, by-products are produced and how are they handled?
d.
Visit a county farm agency or similar governmental agency and learn how chemistry is used to meet the needs of agriculture in your county.
Scouts will need to do one of the options for requirement 7 prior to the class. Three of the four options require site visits which may prove challenging for some. Time will be allotted during the class for all Scouts to share their activity with the counselor and class for consideration of sign off on this requirement. Just saying you did it is not enough, Scouts should bring proof to share along with their presentation to the counselor and class.