Grade LevelHigh School
AuthorsKristen L. Cacciatore, Jessica Karch
This lesson serves as a review of ionic and covalent bonding and macroscopic properties of ionic and covalent solids. It also introduces students to a novel class of materials, cluster solids, which contain bonds with ionic and covalent properties. Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
- compare particulate structures and macroscopic properties of three types of solids—ionic, covalent, and cluster solids (a novel type of solid developed recently); and
- explain how the particulate structure of each type of solid determines its macroscopic properties, including conductivity and solubility.
Science and Engineering Practices:SP2, SP6
MA Science and Technology/Engineering (2016):HS-PS1-3
Common Core Math/Language Arts Standards:CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1, CSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.2
Tagscluster solids, cluster units, electrical conductors, fullerene (C60), ionic solids, metallic solids, molecular solids, valence electrons
"I was well pleased with this lesson. I would love to have more of these the intersperse in the regular curriculum!"
– Barbara Wilson, Nemo Vista High School, Center Ridge, AR