All Demos

Absorption Spectra

Dyes and neodymium glass absorb portions of the spectrum.
Red Dye Spectrum

Aldol Clock

A solution of cinnamaldehyde and acetone suddenly turns bright yellow after induction period.
Aldol Clock


Students investigate the factors that affect avalanches.

Beer's Law

A flask filled with orange solution demonstrates the dependance of absorbance on path length.

Boiling Cold Water

Water boils at room temperature when pressure is reduced by using a vacuum pump.
Boiling Cold Water

Buffer Capacity

Acid and base added to buffers of various concentrations to show capacity and how it is affected.

Capillary Action

Colored water is carried up glass tubes by capillary action.
Capillary Action

Cathode Ray Tube

An electron beam can be deflected with a magnetic or electric field.
Deflected Electron Beam

Cheeto Calorimetry

A burning Cheeto heats water. Temperature rise is monitored.

Common Ion Effect

The addition of concentrated hydrochloric acid to a saturated solution of sodium chloride causes solid sodium chloride to precipitate out.

Copper-Ammonia Complex

Copper chloride solution forms a pale blue precipitate then a deep blue solution as ammonia is added.
Copper Hydroxide

Counting Units

A pairs, a dozen, a six-pack, a gross, and a ream are used to introduce the mole.

Crystal Models

A collection of thirteen models of metallic and ionic crystal lattices for display in classroom.
Sodium Chloride Model

Demo Show Demo Descriptions

Descriptions and risk management plans of all demos used in demo shows.
Hydrogen Balloon

Demo Spreadsheet

An Excel spreadsheet to aid instructors in the selection of demos.


Containers filled with equal volumes of substances of varying densities.

Diffusion of NH3 and HCl

A cloud of white ammonium chloride forms at the mouth of a flask contianing HCl.

Dry Erase Markers

Students can write on the walls of Columbia 150 using dry-erase markers.
Dry Erase Markers

Entropy Dice

A classroom set of two six-sided dice per student (one red and one white) provides an interactive activity that helps students to understand the nature of entropy.
Entropy Dice in Box

Ethanol Cannon

Combustion of ethanol vapor shoots a stopper out of a bottle.
Ethanol Cannon Setup

Fehling Test

When blue Fehling's reagent is added to glucose and fructose solution a brick-red precipitate forms - no rxn with sucrose.
Fehling Test

Flame Test

Flammable solutions of metal salts are sprayed into a burner to create colorful flames.
Rb Flame Test

Frozen Board

An endothermic reaction freezes a beaker to a board.

Hot and Cold Packs

Calcium chloride it gets hot when water is added to it, ammonium chloride gets cold.
Hot and Cold Packs

Household Chemicals

A collection of household chemicals for exhibit in the classroom.
Household Chemicals

Household Fenton's Reagent

Potassium hydrogen tartrate is oxidized to produce carbon dioxide in an exothermic reaction.
Iron Ion

Indicator Cylinder

Dry ice changes the colors of a universal indicator solution.
Indicator Cylinder

Intermolecular Force Activity

Students work in pairs to model intermolecular forces by labeling and manipulating plastic arrows and rectangles.
Intermolecular Force Activity In Case

Iodine Clock Kinetics

After a brief induction period, this clear solution turns suddenly blue.

Le Chatelier's Principle - Copper Ion

A copper(II) chloride solution alternates between blue and green when ligand concentrations change.
Le Chatelier Green

Lightstick Reaction Rates

Light sticks glow with different intensities at different temperatures.
Light Sticks

Limiting Reactant

The progress of the reaction between three different quantities of Mg and HCl is monitored by the amount of hydrogen gas produced.
Limiting Reactant Before

Liter Cube

A wooden cubic decimeter is cut up into cubic millimeters.
Liter Cube


Lycopodium powder bursts into a fireball when dispersed.
Lycopumpkin Setup

Mole Sampler

A collection of one mole of various elements and compounds. "Testing"
Mole Sampler

NO2/N2O4 Equilibrium

The equilibrium visibly changes with temperature.
NO2/N2O4 Equilibrium

One In A Million

A transparent globe filled with about a million nonpariels.
One In A Million

Oregon Young Scholars Program

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Sesa Woruban

Outreach Program Document Templates

Template documents for approved chemistry demonstration outreach program.


Properties of An Ionic Salt

A crystal of sodium chloride does not conduct, but when it is pulverized and dissolved it does.

Properties of Polymers

In this hand-on class activity, samples of various polymers classes illustrate variable properties within and between classes.


A Geiger counter indicates the presence of radioactive sources.
Radioactivity Setup

Small Scale Model Kits

A high quality set of molecular model kits that students can use at their seats.
student model kit samples

Solubility of Carbon Dioxide

Two bottles of carbonated water are opened, one cold and one warm and agitated. The warm one spurts all over.

Standard Zinc/Copper Cell

A standard cell comprising zinc strip in 1.0 M zinc sulfate solution, a copper strip in a 1.0 M copper(II) sulfate solution, and a connecting salt bridge shows a voltage of 1.10 V (on a good day).

Standing Waves

Standing waves are generated in a weighted length of rubber tubing.
Standing Wave

SuperChem 221 Schedule

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Synthesis of Nylon

When two immiscible solutions are poured into a dish, solid nylon forms at the interface.
Nylon Setup


A small metal ball falls much more slowly through glycerine than through water.
Viscosity Setup

Volumetric Glassware

A collection of various devices used to measure volume in the lab.
Volumetric Glassware

What's In A Name?

Potassium chloride is contrasted potassium chlorate to illustrate the importance of nomenclature details.
Gummi Destruction!

Zinc Complex Ion Formation

Zinc ion is precipitated by sodium hydroxide. The addition of more hydroxide redissolves the precipitate.

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