Oxidation-Reduction Reactions (Redox)
— Using Film Clips From Daylight and YouTube
Subject: Science/Chemistry; Oxidation-Reduction Reactions (Redox)
Ages: 12+; Middle School and High School
Length: Film Clips: 3 minutes from Daylight and two YouTube sequences of 1:40 seconds and 2:25 seconds. Lesson: One 45 to 55 minute class period.
Excerpts from the Snippet Lesson Plan
Learner Outcomes/Objectives: Students will learn about real life occurrences of oxidation-reduction reactions. They will learn how these redox reactions are behind many known phenomena, from paper becoming yellow to apples becoming brown to fire to the most destructive of explosions. They will review how oxidation-reduction reactions involve electron transfer between atoms. Students will learn the origin of the words "oxidation" and "reduction". Finally, students will receive practical advice on fire safety.
Rationale: A spectacular sequence from the movie Daylight and two YouTube segments provide an effective starting point to introduce or review oxidation-reduction reactions in chemistry and to help students to relate theory learned in class to real life, including fire safety recommendations.
Description of the Film Clip: A car being chased by the police drives into a tunnel from New York to New Jersey. As the speeds through the tunnel, weaving in and out between the other cars, it finally crashes and ends up flying into a truck loaded with flammable materials. The snippet shows how the subsequent explosion sets off a shock wave of flames through the entire tunnel. One YouTube segment shows a shock wave when a rocket fuel plant explodes. The other shows an example of spontaneous combustion of a large pile of hay.
Explosions, like the one shown in Daylight and many other movies, are nothing more than oxidation-reduction reactions which happen very rapidly. Slower oxidation-reduction reactions are all around us, like the rusting of some metals or a bitten apple getting brown if left in the air. . . .
[The Snippet Lesson Plan continues with a detailed explanation of oxidation reactions, links to two YouTube videos which show interesting redox reactions, and step by step instructions on how to present the lesson.]
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