Chemistry Scavenger Hunt - Clues and Answers

Fun Scavenger Hunt Chemistry Game

A scavenger hunt is a fun way to learn chemistry concepts.
A scavenger hunt is a fun way to learn chemistry concepts. Westend61 / Getty Images

One of the more popular chemistry assignments is a scavenger hunt, where students are asked to identify or bring in items that fit a description. Examples of scavenger hunt items are things like 'an element' or 'a heterogeneous mixture'. Are there additional items you would add to a scavenger hunt or that you have been asked to find for an assignment?

Chemistry Scavenger Hunt Clues

First, let's start with the clues. You can print this page out to start your own chemistry scavenger hunt or try to find the answers. These same clues plus answers are found at the bottom of this page.

  1. An element
  2. A heterogeneous mixture
  3. A homogenous mixture
  4. A gas-liquid solution
  5. A malleable substance
  6. A solid-liquid solution
  7. A substance which has a volume of 1 cm3
  8. An edible example of a physical change
  9. An edible example of a chemical change
  10. A pure compound which contains ionic bonds
  11. A pure compound which contains covalent bonds
  12. A mixture that can be separated by filtration
  13. A mixture that can be separated by some other method than filtration
  14. A substance with a density less than 1g/mL
  15. A substance with a density more than one
  16. A substance which contains a polyatomic ion
  17. An acid
  18. A metal
  19. A non-metal
  20. An inert gas
  21. An alkaline earth metal
  22. Immiscible liquids
  23. A toy which demonstrates a physical change
  24. The result of a chemical change
  25. A mole
  26. A substance with tetrahedral geometry
  27. A base with a pH greater than 9
  28. A polymer

Scavenger Hunt Answers

  1. An element
    Aluminum foil, copper wire, aluminum can, iron name
  2. heterogeneous mixture
    Sand and water, salt and iron filings
  3. A homogenous mixture
    Air, sugar solution
  4. A gas-liquid solution
    Soda
  5. A malleable substance
    Play-doh. modeling clay
  6. A solid-liquid solution
    Maybe an amalgam of silver and mercury? tough one - if you think of a decent example let me know
  7. A substance which has a volume of 1 cm3
    Standard sugar cube, cut a cube of soap the proper size
  8. An edible example of a physical change
    Melting ice cream
  9. An edible example of a chemical change
    Seltzer tablet (barely edible), candies that fizz or pop when damp
  10. A pure compound which contains ionic bonds
    Salt
  11. A pure compound which contains covalent bonds
    Sucrose or table sugar
  12. A mixture that can be separated by filtration
    Fruit cocktail in syrup
  13. A mixture that can be separated by some other method than filtration
    Salt water - salt and water can be separated using reverse osmosis or an ion exchange column
  14. A substance with a density less than 1g/mL
    Oil, ice
  15. A substance with a density more than one
    Any metal, glass
  1. A substance which contains a polyatomic ion
    Gypsum (SO42-), Epsom salts
  2. An acid
    Vinegar (dilute acetic acid), solid citric acid
  3. A metal
    Iron, aluminum, copper
  4. A non-metal
    Sulfur, graphite (carbon)
  5. An inert gas
    Helium in a balloon, neon in a glass tube, argon if you have access to a lab
  6. An alkaline earth metal
    Calcium, magnesium
  7. Immiscible liquids
    Oil and water
  8. A toy which demonstrates a physical change
    A toy steam engine
  9. The result of a chemical change
    Ashes
  10. A mole
    18 g of water, 58.5 g of salt, 55.8 g of iron
  11. A substance with tetrahedral geometry
    Silicates (sand, quartz), diamond
  12. A base with a pH greater than 9
    Baking soda
  13. A polymer
    A piece of plastic