Today we will be making models of hydrocarbons and then performing an experiment with floating hydrocarbons. We are using Christian Kids Explore Chemistry by Bright Ideas Press, and the last five chapters in the book have to do with hydrocarbons.
What are hydrocarbons?
Hydrocarbons are a family of compounds that are composed of carbon and hydrogen atoms that are connected with covalent bonds that share electrons. We studied three different types of hydrocarbons:
- Alkanes (single bonds between the carbon and hydrogen atoms)
- Alkenes (at least one double bond between carbon and hydrogen atoms)
- Alkines (at least one triple bond between carbon and hydrogen atoms)
We will be making some models of hydrocarbons with styrofoam balls, paint, and toothpicks. You will see my kids assemble these hydrocarbon models in fast motion in the video.
Take a look at an Alkane model:
This is our final post for this exciting series of Christian Kids Explore Chemistry by Bright Ideas Press. We hope you have enjoyed our experiments in this series!Tweet