Fun learning chemical kinetics

Our students in grades 4-7 at the Las Cruces Academy, our non-profit private school, enjoyed tracking the decolorization of phenolphtalein by hydroxide ion.  Phenolphthalein is that beautiful rose-pink indicator dye used in acid-base titrations.  It changes structure a bit in base but then slowly undergoes a permanent decolorization.  The kinetics (rate and order of reaction) are interesting and fun to follow.  A write-up from the 2018-19 school year is here.

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