Boy Scouts of America
Chemistry Merit Badge Clinic

Organized by

The University of Tennessee at Martin Chapter of the
Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society


February 28, 2004



Scouts will meet the requirements listed in the Merit Badge Manual and then some! The latter implies the demonstrations and hands-on activities at the clinic.


Scout name_____________________________ Troop#______


1. What are the products of combustion when a candle, methane, or propane burns?



2. What kind of change is combustion?



3. Some chemicals found in your home are safe. List two chemicals that are safe enough to eat.



4. What chemical is commonly found as ice or as vapor when it undergoes physical changes?




5. Using the red cabbage extract indicator, which of the following would you

expect to be more basic, 5% baking soda or borax solution? Why?




6. How many drops of iodine test solution did you use for each type of juice?



7. Which juice contained the most Vitamin C? How do you know?




8. What is the chemical name for Vitamin C?



9.Did you see a color change when iodine was added to sugar? What does that tell you about sugar?



10.What does the smell of ammonia indicate about the meat that was tested?





11. List the pens used for the chromatography and tell the components of each pen color.





12. The green color of plants is due to a molecule called...




13. Fertilizers have designations like '6-12-6' that stand for the percents of three elements

N-P-K. Name these elements.




14. What role does oxygen play in our bodies?



15. What molecule carries oxygen to the body's cells?



16. Proteins are made of building blocks called _______________________.



17. Inorganic compounds do not contain the element




18. What are some properties of metals? What are some elemental metals?





19. What two elements make brass?




20. Why will some metals rust, corrode, or tarnish, but not others?




21. What happens when we coat the iron nail with oil?




22. Why is hydrogen gas in the metal activity series?




23. What happens to a nail when it is immersed into a solution of copper sulfate?





24. Why will the new penny that has a zinc core react with hydrochloric acid to produce hydrogen gas but the old penny with the copper core will not?




25. Polymers are molecules that are made up of




26. Name one man-made and one natural polymer.




27. Why is the recycling process important to the environment, especially the recycling of plastics?





28. Why does the Cartesian Diver sink when the bottle is squeezed?




29. One of the pollutants in air is hydrogen sulfide. What color does this turn the lead acetate paper?




30. Another pollutant is the sulfur dioxide formed from the combustion of sulfur in fuels that produces acid ran. What color does the litmus change?




31. What is the chemical formula for ozone?




32. List the symbols for the following elements:


Carbon____ Calcium_____ Iron_____ Zinc________

Copper_____ Oxygen _____ Nitrogen ____ Hydrogen _____



Name the elements represented by the following symbols:


Na________ He__________ K___________ Cl___________

Pb__________ S__________ Al___________ Ni___________


Have the UTM SAACS members sign this as you complete these requirements:

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