About Stoichiometry
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The Standards
The Stoichiometry activity is an NGSSinspired task that consists of five activities that center around the concept of atom and mass conservation. Calculations are involved but the answers are not ends in themselves. The role of all calculations is to demonstrate that the concept that if atoms are conserved in a chemical reaction, then it makes sense that mass is conserved. This concept is approached from a variety of angles. Every calculation is accompanied by a followup, sensemaking question. The activity aligns with the HSPS17 performance expectation of the Next Generation Science Standards.
This NGSSinspired task consists of five parts. Each part involves a different type of skill or understanding. Collectively, the five parts were designed to address the following NGSS performance expectation:
HSPS17:
Use mathematical representations to support the claim that atoms, and therefore mass, are conserved during a chemical reaction.
As a whole, the questions in this task address a wide collection of
disciplinary core idea (DCI),
crosscutting concepts (CCC), and
science and engineering practices (SEP). There are 28 multipart questions organized into 12 Question Groups and spread across the five activities. Each question is either a 2D or (preferably) a 3D question. That is, the task of answering the question requires that the student utilize at least two of the three dimensions of the NGSS science standards  a DCI, a CCC, and/or an SEP.
The following DCI, SEPs, and CCCs are addressed at some point within Stoichiometry:
DCI: PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
 The fact that atoms are conserved, together with knowledge of the chemical properties of the elements involved, can be used to describe and predict chemical reactions.
SEP 2.6: Developing and Using Models
Develop and/or use a model (including mathematical and computational) to generate data to support explanations, predict phenomena, analyze systems, and/or solve problems.
SEP 5.3: Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
Use mathematical, computational, and/or algorithmic representations of phenomena or design solutions to describe and/or support claims and/or explanations.
SEP 6.2: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Construct and revise an explanation based on valid and reliable evidence obtained from a variety of sources (including students’ own investigations, models, theories, simulations, peer review) and the assumption that theories and laws that describe the natural world operate today as they did in the past and will continue to do so in the future.
SEP 6.3: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Apply scientific ideas, principles, and/or evidence to provide an explanation of phenomena and solve design problems, taking into account possible unanticipated effects.
SEP 7.4: Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
Construct, use, and/or present an oral and written argument or counterarguments based on data and evidence.
CCC 1.1: Patterns
Patterns of performance of designed systems can be analyzed and interpreted to reengineer and improve the system.
CCC 3.1: Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
The significance of a phenomenon is dependent on the scale, proportion, and quantity at which it occurs.
CCC 4.1: Systems and System Models
When investigating or describing a system, the boundaries and initial conditions of the system need to be defined and their inputs and outputs analyzed and described using models.
CCC 5.2: Energy and Matter
The total amount of energy and matter in closed systems is conserved.
CCC 7.1: Stability and Change
Much of science deals with constructing explanations of how things change and how they remain stable.
Here is our NGSSbased analysis of each individual activity of the Stoichiometry Science Reasoning task. The core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices that we reference in our analysis are numbered for convenience. You can crossreference the specific notations that we have used with the listings found on the following pages:
Disclaimer: The standards are not our original work. We are simply including them here for convenience (and because we have referenced the by number). The standards are the property of the Next Generation Science Standards.
Part 1: Paragraph Completion
This activity involves two paragraphcompletion exercises. Students use a word/phrase bank to select missing words and phrases in order to complete a paragraph. The paragraphs focus on the mathematical relationships between atomic scale quantities and macroscopic scale quantities. There are two such paragraphs; one contains 8 blanks and the other contains 9 blanks. Once students complete their paragraph, they can submit their answers for evaluation and feedback. On each
answer submission, they are told the number of correct blanks but not told which blanks are correct. Students have an unlimited number of opportunities to correct their answers. Students earn the Trophy for the activity once they correctly complete both paragraphs.
NGSS Claim Statement:
Use principles associated with chemical reactions to explain the mathematical relationships between atomic scale quantities and macroscopic scale quantities.
Target DCI(s) 
Target SEP(s) 
Target CCC(s) 
Chemical Reactions
PS1.B
The fact that atoms are conserved, together with knowledge of the chemical properties of the elements involved, can be used to describe and predict chemical reactions.

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
SEP 6.3
Apply scientific ideas, principles, and/or evidence to provide an explanation of phenomena and solve design problems, taking into account possible unanticipated effects.
Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
SEP 5.3
Use mathematical, computational, and/or algorithmic representations of phenomena or design solutions to describe and/or support claims and/or explanations.

Energy and Matter
CCC 5.2
The total amount of energy and matter in closed systems is conserved.
Patterns
CCC 1.1
Different patterns may be observed at each of the scales at which a system is studied and can provide evidence for causality in explanations of phenomena.

Part 2: Elemental Measures (a.k.a., Stoikheion + Metry)
This activity consists of three multipart calculation problems. Each problem is separated into an atomic scale analysis (the numbers of atoms of each element are determined) and a macroscopic scale analysis (moles or mass of each element are determined). The three problems increase in sophistication from two elements, to three elements, and finally to four elements involved in the reaction. Each problem finishes with a forcedchoice question regarding atoms and mass being conserved. If a calculated answer is incorrect, it is identified and students are permitted to try again until it is correct. Students earn the Trophy for the activity when they demonstrate mastery of all three problems.
NGSS Claim Statement:
Perform calculations of the initial and final amounts of atomic scale and macroscopic scale quantities in order to demonstrate that atoms, and therefore mass, are conserved in chemical reactions.
Target DCI(s) 
Target SEP(s) 
Target CCC(s) 
Chemical Reactions
PS1.B
The fact that atoms are conserved, together with knowledge of the chemical properties of the elements involved, can be used to describe and predict chemical reactions.

Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
SEP 5.3
Use mathematical, computational, and/or algorithmic representations of phenomena or design solutions to describe and/or support claims and/or explanations.
Developing and Using Models
SEP 2.6
Develop and/or use a model (including mathematical and computational) to generate data to support explanations, predict phenomena, analyze systems, and/or solve problems.

Energy and Matter
CCC 5.2
The total amount of energy and matter in closed systems is conserved.
Patterns
CCC 1.1
Different patterns may be observed at each of the scales at which a system is studied and can provide evidence for causality in explanations of phenomena.

Part 3: Mass Conservation
This activity consists of two multipart calculation problems. In the first problem, students perform several moletomole conversions. Then they determine the number of moles of atoms of every element before and after the reaction. They draw a conclusion based on their results. In the second problem, students perform several gramtogram conversions. Then they determine the number of grams of every element before and after the reaction. Once more they draw a conclusion based on their results. Like the entirety of this activity, if a calculated answer is incorrect, it is identified and students are permitted to try again until it is correct. Students earn the Trophy for the activity when they demonstrate mastery of both problems.
NGSS Claim Statement:
Use mathematical calculations to generate data to support a conclusion for a closed system at both the atomic and the macroscopic scale that atoms, and therefore mass, are conserved in a chemical reaction.
Target DCI(s) 
Target SEP(s) 
Target CCC(s) 
Chemical Reactions
PS1.B
The fact that atoms are conserved, together with knowledge of the chemical properties of the elements involved, can be used to describe and predict chemical reactions.
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Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
SEP 5.3
Use mathematical, computational, and/or algorithmic representations of phenomena or design solutions to describe and/or support claims and/or explanations.
Developing and Using Models
SEP 2.6
Develop and/or use a model (including mathematical and computational) to generate data to support explanations, predict phenomena, analyze systems, and/or solve problems. 
Energy and Matter
CCC 5.2
The total amount of energy and matter in closed systems is conserved.
Systems and System Models
CCC 4.1
When investigating or describing a system, the boundaries and initial conditions of the system need to be defined and their inputs and outputs analyzed and described using models.

Part 4: Chemistry on Planet Exwizee
This activity consists of two multipart calculation problems. In both problems, students are given the mass of a reactant and must calculate the mass of the second reactant and the mass of both products. They then determine the total mass of the system of reactants before the reaction and the total mass of the system of reactants after the reaction. They compare the total mass calculations to one another and draw a conclusion. If a calculated answer is incorrect, it is identified and students are permitted to try again until it is correct. Students earn the Trophy for the activity when they demonstrate mastery of both problems.
NGSS Claim Statement: AAA
Target DCI(s) 
Target SEP(s) 
Target CCC(s) 
Chemical Reactions
PS1.B
The fact that atoms are conserved, together with knowledge of the chemical properties of the elements involved, can be used to describe and predict chemical reactions.

Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
SEP 5.3
Use mathematical, computational, and/or algorithmic representations of phenomena or design solutions to describe and/or support claims and/or explanations.
Developing and Using Models
SEP 2.6
Develop and/or use a model (including mathematical and computational) to generate data to support explanations, predict phenomena, analyze systems, and/or solve problems. 
Energy and Matter
CCC 5.2
The total amount of energy and matter in closed systems is conserved.
Systems and System Models
CCC 4.1
When investigating or describing a system, the boundaries and initial conditions of the system need to be defined and their inputs and outputs analyzed and described using models. 
Part 5: Unlawful and Lawful Chemistry
This activity consists of two multipart calculation questions with a paragraph completion followup question. Given the mass of a reactant in a synthesis reaction, students calculate the mass of the other reactant, the mass of the product, and the total mass or reactants and of products. They perform the calculations for a situation in which the reaction is incorrectly balanced (
unlawful chemistry) and for the same reaction when it is balanced (
lawful chemistry). For both situations, they compare the total mass of reactants to the total mass of products and make a conclusion. They then complete a paragraph that summarizes their findings. When a calculation or paragraph blank is missed, students have opportunity to correct the errors; there is no limit on how many corrections are allowed. Students earn the Trophy for this activity once they demonstrate mastery on all three questions.
NGSS Claim Statement:
Use mathematical calculations to generate data to support a conclusion that for a closed system at the macroscopic scale atoms, and therefore mass, are conserved in a chemical reaction.
Target DCI(s) 
Target SEP(s) 
Target CCC(s) 
Chemical Reactions
PS1.B
The fact that atoms are conserved, together with knowledge of the chemical properties of the elements involved, can be used to describe and predict chemical reactions.

Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
SEP 5.3
Use mathematical, computational, and/or algorithmic representations of phenomena or design solutions to describe and/or support claims and/or explanations.
Engaging in Argument from Evidence
SEP 7.4
Construct, use, and/or present an oral and written argument or counterarguments based on data and evidence.
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
SEP 6.2
Construct and revise an explanation based on valid and reliable evidence obtained from a variety of sources (including students’ own investigations, models, theories, simulations, peer review) and the assumption that theories and laws that describe the natural world operate today as they did in the past and will continue to do so in the future. 
Energy and Matter
CCC 5.2
The total amount of energy and matter in closed systems is conserved.
Systems and System Models
CCC 4.1
When investigating or describing a system, the boundaries and initial conditions of the system need to be defined and their inputs and outputs analyzed and described using models. 
Complementary and Similar Resources
The following resources at The Physics Classroom website complement the Stoichiometry Science Reasoning Activity. Teachers may find them useful for supporting students and/or as components of lesson plans and unit plans.
Concept Builders, Chemistry  Molar Mass
Concept Builders, Chemistry  Molar Conversions
Concept Builders, Chemistry  Stoichiometry: Math Relationships
The Calculator Pad, Stoichiometry, Problem Sets 1  16