Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Chemistry Merit Badge






  1. Do EACH of the following activities:
        A. Describe three examples of safety equipment used in a chemistry laboratory and the reason each
            one is used.
        B. Describe what a material safety data sheet (MSDS) is and tell why it is used.
        C. Obtain an MSDS for both a paint and an insecticide. Compare and discuss the toxicity, disposal,
            and safe-handling sections for these two common household products.
        D. Discuss the safe storage of chemicals. How does the safe storage of chemicals apply to your home,
            your school, your community, and the environment?
  2. Do EACH of the following activities:
        A. Predict what would happen if you placed an iron nail in a copper sulfate solution. Then, put an iron
            nail in a copper sulfate solution. Describe your. observations and make a conclusion based on your
            observations. Compare your prediction and original conclusion with what actually happened. Write
            the formula for the reaction that you described.
        B. Describe how you would separate sand from water, table salt from water, oil from water, and
            gasoline from motor oil. Name the practical processes that require these kinds of separations.
        C. Describe the difference between a chemical reaction and a physical change.
  3. Construct a Cartesian diver. Describe its function in terms of how gases in general behave under different pressures and different temperatures. Describe how the behavior of gases affects a backpacker at high altitudes and a scuba diver underwater.
  4. Do EACH of the following activities:
        A. Cut a round onion into small chunks. Separate the onion chunks into three equal portions. Leave the
            first portion raw. Cook the second portion of onion chunks until the pieces are translucent. Cook the
            third portion until the onions are caramelized, or brown in color. Taste each type of onion. Describe
            the taste of raw onion versus partially cooked onion versus caramelized onion. Explain what happens
            to molecules in the onion during the cooking process.
        B. Describe the chemical similarities and differences between toothpaste and an abrasive household
            cleanser. Explain how the end use or purpose of a product affects its chemical formulation.
        C. In a clear container, mix a half-cup of water with a tablespoon of oil. Explain why the oil and water do
            not mix. Find a substance that will help the two combine, and add it to the mixture. Describe what
            happened, and explain how that substance worked to combine the oil and water.
  5. List the four classical divisions of chemistry. Briefly describe each one, and tell how it applies to your everyday life.
  6. Do EACH of the following activities:
        A. Name two government agencies that are responsible for tracking the use of chemicals for
            commercial or industrial use. Pick one agency and briefly describe its responsibilities to the public
            and the environment.
        B. Define pollution. Explain the chemical effects of ozone, global warming, and acid rain. Pick a current
            environmental problem as an example. Briefly describe what people are doing to resolve this hazard
            and to increase understanding of the problem.
        C. Using reasons from chemistry, describe the effect on the environment of ONE of the following:
            1. The production of aluminum cans or plastic milk cartons
            2. Sulfur from burning coal
            3. Used motor oil
            4. Newspaper
        D. Briefly describe the purpose of phosphates in fertilizer and in laundry detergent. Explain how the use
            of phosphates in fertilizers affects the environment. Also, explain why phosphates have been
            removed from laundry detergents.
  7. Do ONE of the following activities:
        A. Visit a laboratory and talk to a practicing chemist. Ask what the chemist does, and what training
            and education are needed to work as a chemist.
        B. Using resources found at the library and in periodicals, books, and the Internet (with your parent's
            permission), learn about two different kinds of work done by chemists, chemical engineers, chemical
            technicians, or industrial chemists. For each of the four jobs, find out the education and training
        C. Visit an industrial plant that makes chemical products or uses chemical processes and describe the
            processes used. What, if any, pollutants are produced and how they are handled.
        D. Visit a county farm agency or similar governmental agency and learn how chemistry is used to meet
            the needs of agriculture ,in your county.

Chemistry Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

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