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Chemistry Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the current Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Chemistry Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Chemistry merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

https://scoutmasterbucky.com/merit-badges/chemistry/

Scout's Name:
Requirement 1: Do EACH of the following:
Requirement 1 a: Describe three examples of safety equipment used in a chemistry laboratory and the reason each one is used.
Requirement 1 b: Describe what a safety data sheet (SDS) is and tell why it is used.
Requirement 1 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.
Obtain an SDS for a paint
Obtain an SDS for an insecticide
Toxicity section comparison
Disposal section comparison
Safe-handling section comparison
Requirement 1 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?
Safe storage of chemicals
How the safe storage of chemicals applies to your home
How the safe storage of chemicals applies to your school
How the safe storage of chemicals applies to your community
How the safe storage of chemicals applies to the environment
Requirement 2: Do EACH of the following:
Requirement 2 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.
Your prediction
Your observations
Make a conclusion based on your observations
Write the formula for the reaction that you described
Requirement 2 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.
Demonstrate how you would separate sand (or gravel) from water.
How you would separate table salt from water
How you would separate oil from water
How you would separate gasoline from motor oil
Name the processes that require these kinds of separations and how the processes may differ
Requirement 2 c: Describe the difference between a chemical reaction and a physical change.
Requirement 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.
Construct a Cartesian diver
Describe its function
Describe how the behavior of gases affects a backpacker at high altitudes
Describe how the behavior of gases affects a scuba diver underwater
Requirement 4: Do EACH of the following:
Requirement 4 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.
Describe the taste of the raw oion
Describe the taste of the partially cooked oion
Describe the taste of the carmelized onion
What happens to molecules in the onion during the cooking process
Requirement 4 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.
Requirement 4 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.
Why oil and water do not mix
Describe what happened, and explain how that substance worked to combine the oil and water
Requirement 5: List the five classical divisions of chemistry. Briefly describe each one, and tell how it applies to your everyday life.
Requirement 6: Do EACH of the following:
Requirement 6 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.
Two government agencies
One of the agencies' responsibilities
Requirement 6 b: Define pollution. Explain the chemical impacts on the ozone layer and global climate change.
Define pollution
Explain the chemical impacts on the ozone layer and global climate change
Requirement 6 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
Requirement 6 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.
Purpose of phosphates in fertilizer and in laundry detergent
How the use of phosphates in fertilizers affects the environment
Why phosphates have been removed from laundry detergents
Requirement 7: Do ONE of the following activities:
Requirement 7 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.
Requirement 7 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.
Chemists
Two different kinds of work
Education and training requirements
Chemical engineers
Two different kinds of work
Education and training requirements
Chemical Technicians
Two different kinds of work
Education and training requirements
Industrial chemists
Two different kinds of work
Education and training requirements
Requirement 7 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?
Describe the processes used
By-products that are produced and how they are handled
Requirement 7 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.