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Chemistry Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the 2021 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).

Scout's Name:
Requirement 1: Do EACH of the following:
Requirement 1a: Describe three examples of safety equipment used in a chemistry laboratory and the reason each one is used.
Requirement 1b: Describe what a safety data sheet (SDS) is and tell why it is used.
Requirement 1c: 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.
Requirement 1d: Discuss the safe storage of chemicals. How does the safe storage of chemicals apply to your home, your school, your community, and the environment?
Requirement 2: Do EACH of the following:
Requirement 2a: 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.
Requirement 2b: 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.
Requirement 2c: 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.
Requirement 4: Do EACH of the following:
Requirement 4a: 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.
Requirement 4b: 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 4c: 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.
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 6a: 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 to the public and the environment.
Requirement 6b: Define pollution. Explain the chemical impacts on the ozone layer and global climate change.
Requirement 6c: Using reasons from chemistry, describe the effect on the environment of ONE of the following:
Requirement 6c1: The production of aluminum cans
Requirement 6c2: Burning fossil fuels
Requirement 6c3: Single-use items, such as water bottles, bags, straws, or paper
Requirement 6d: 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.
Requirement 7: Do ONE of the following activities:
Requirement 7a: 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 7b: 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.
Requirement 7c: 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?
Requirement 7d: Visit a county farm agency or similar governmental agency and learn how chemistry is used to meet the needs of agriculture in your county.