Education Technology

What Makes Us Stick Together?

Published on 07/16/2011

Activity Overview

In this lesson, students will use a simulation to understand a macroscopic view of what occurs microscopically when two nonmetals react.

Objectives

  • Students will determine the ratio of two nonmetals needed to form a stable covalent compound or polyatomic ion.
  • Students will relate the sharing of electrons to the formation of molecules.
  • Student will learn how to write formulas for covalent compounds.

Vocabulary

  • atom
  • covalent compound
  • duet
  • electron
  • electronegative
  • electronegativity
  • electropositive
  • metal
  • molecule
  • nonmetal
  • octet
  • oxidation state
  • valence electrons

About the Lesson

This simulation gives a macroscopic view of what occurs microscopically when two nonmetals react.
As a result, students will:

  • Better understand how molecules are formed.
  • Be able to write formulas for covalent compounds.

This activity was created using Lua. Learn more about Lua in TI-Nspire here.