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Grade 7 Science Module

Grade 7 Science Module



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Acids and Bases
Acids and Bases

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Published by: Nick Bantolo on Aug 08, 2013
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In Module 1, you identified common properties of solutions usingdifferent methods. You learned how to report the amount of the componentsin a given volume of solution. You also found out that not all solutions areliquid. Some of them are solids and others are gases. Towards the end of themodule, you investigated the factors that affect how fast a solid dissolves inwater.Most of the solutions you studied in Module 1 form two classes orgroups of materials that are related to each other and are important in daily life. They have common properties that can easily be identified. What do you think are common properties among vinegar,
juice, and softdrinks? What are common among liquid
(drain cleaners), soaps, anddetergents? Which among these are called
? Which are classified as
?In this module, you will investigate the properties of acids and basesusing an
a dye that changes into a specific color depending onwhether it is placed in an acid solution or in a basic one. Aside fromknowing the uses of acids and bases, you will also find out the action of acids on metals and think of ways to reduce the harmful effects of acids.Knowing the properties of acids and bases will help you practice safety inhandling these solutions, not only in this grade level, but in your futurescience classes.How acidic or basic are common household solutions?Does water from different sources have the same acidity?What is the effect of acid on some familiar metals?
Suggested time allotment: 5 to 6 hours
Grade 7 Science: Matter
 Diversity of Materials in the Environment
It is dangerous to tasteor touch a solution inorder to decide if it is anacid or a base.
Activity 1How can you tell if a solution is an acid or a base?
Acids and bases are all around us. How will you know if a solution isan acid or a base? In this activity, you will distinguish between acids andbases based on their color reactions to an indicator. An
is a dyethat changes into a different color depending on whether it is in acids or inbases. There are many indicators that come from plant sources. Eachindicator dye has one color in an acidic solution and a different color in abasic solution. A common indicator is
a dye taken from the lichenplant. Litmus turns red in acid solutions and becomes blue in basicsolutions.You will first make your own acid-base indicator solution from plantindicators available in your place. This is a colorful activity. You may selecta local plant in your community. You can use any of the following: violeteggplant peel, purple
peel, red
leaves or violet
Baston ni San Jose 
. These plant materials contain anthocyanins. These plant pigmentsproduce specific colors in solutions of different acidity or basicity.In this activity, you will:1. Prepare a plant indicator from any of the following plants: violeteggplant peel, purple
peel, red
leaves or violet
Baston ni San Jose;
2. Prepare indicator paper using the plant indicator; and3. Find out if a given sample is acidic or basic using the indicator.
Grade 7 Science: Matter
 Diversity of Materials in the Environment
Part A. Preparation of Indicator*
In this part of Activity 1, you will prepare a plant indicator that youwill use to determine if a given material is an acid or a base.
Materials Needed
1 pc mature, dark violet eggplant or camote leaves of 
Baston ni San Jose 
alum (
) powdersharp knife or peelersmall casserole or milk canplastic egg tray or small transparent plastic cupsbrown bottle with coveralcohol lamptripod
Peel an eggplant as thin as possible. (You may also use the skin of purple
or the leaves of red
mayana or Baston ni San Jose.) 
 Cut the materials into small pieces and place in a small casserole ormilk can. You may keep the flesh of the eggplant or
for otherpurposes.2.
Add about
to ½ cup tap water to the peel depending on the size of theeggplant or
used. Boil for 5 minutes. Stir from time to time.3.
 Transfer only the solution into a bottle while it is still hot. There is noneed to filter, just remove the solid portion. The solution may change if left in open air for more than 5 minutes.4.
Immediately add a pinch (2-3 matchstick head size) of alum (
)powder into the solution or until the solution becomes dark blue incolor. Stir well while still hot. This is now the indicator solution.
: Alum will stabilize the extract. The extract will be more stable with alum but it is recommended that the solution be used within a few days. Keep the extract in the refrigerator or cool dark place when not in use.
University of the Philippines. National Institute for Science and Mathematics EducationDevelopment (2001).
Practical work in high school chemistry: Activities for students.
 Quezon City:Author, pp. 29-33.

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