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To be able to complete a merit badge during Pathways to Eagle the preparation work MUST be completed BEFORE and turned in at the START of the merit badge session.

 

Due to the shortness of the sessions, teaching is not possible. The Scout needs to have read the merit badge pamphlet BEFORE the session and be prepared for each of the requirements.

 

The availability of a Merit Badge session will be based on the actual availability of Merit Badge counselors on the day of the event.

Chemistry   Chemistry     Chemistry

This Merit Badge requires 2 sessions to complete.

The Pathways to Eagle preparation work items for the Chemistry merit badge are: 4a,  6,  7a,  7b,  7c,  7d

  • Items in RED - MUST be completed before the session starts to make it possible to complete the merit badge at Pathways to Eagle. Bring proof of completion (item, written work, note, photo, etc.)
  • Items in BLACK - MUST be ready to demonstrate your knowledge of these requirements during the merit badge session.
Scouts are strongly encouraged to use a Merit Badge worksheet to show that they have done the preparation work for the merit badge. Download the workbook for the Chemistry Merit Badge in Adobe PDF format from the U.S. Scouting Service Project website.
Scouts MUST be able to discuss any items completed as preparation works or as written work. Note: Some requirements contain items that fall into more that one category and are listed as the higher category.
 
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 paint and an insecticide. Compare and discus 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 presures 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. Seperate 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 carmelized, 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. Explan 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:
a.  Name two government agencies that are responsible for tracking the use of chemicals for commerical or industrial use. Pick one agency and briefly describe its responsibilites 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 fertilizer 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 you 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 requirements.
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 are they 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.
 
The requirements listed on this web site are believed to be correct.
The official requirements can be found in the current edition of
"Boy Scout Requirements Book 2014"

Download the workbook for the Chemistry Merit Badge
in Adobe PDF format from, The U.S. Scouting Service Project website.

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