Acids and bases: 9.5.1 - Introduction


Students should…

  • Understand that acid is a general term for a group of chemicals with similar chemical properties
  • Know that some acids are essential for life (ascorbic acid, vitamin C)
  • Be aware that the three strong mineral acids are hydrochloric, sulfuric and nitric acids.

Teacher lead discussion

The students should brainstorm all of the information that they have on acids.

This constitutes prior knowledge and should be discussed to identify possible misconceptions.

Sources of information

  • Television
  • Internet
  • Books
  • Newspapers
  • Social media

Are these sources reliable. Why may the information be unreliable?


John George Haigh

Breaking bad


James Lind

Fruit acids

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