The Chemistry Relating to Heartburn

Introduction

THE CHEMISTRY RELATING TO HEARTBURN

by Kenesha Townsend Heath  

Have you ever felt your stomach burning or hear another person complaining about burning of the stomach?

 

Objectives: by the end of the lesson students should be able to:

- explain the cause of heartburn, identify preventative options and name possible treatments 

- deduce the chemical principle upon which heartburn treatment is made 

- create chemical equations to represent what happen during the treatment of heartburn

Task

To develop an understanding of what causes heartburn and the chemical principle upon which its treatment is based.

Scenario A

Kaley has been complaining about a burning sensation in her stomach for the past week and she explains that the pain is worst at nights and whenever she eats grandma's spicy fried chicken. Kaley's mother believes that it is about time to take Kaley to the doctor as the home remedy of using milk and tea seems not to be working. 

 

Process

STEP 1 If you are unfamiliar with the topic of acid-base reaction click the link below (both article and videos are availabe):

Videos

Article 1  https://www.britannica.com/science/acid-base-reaction

 Article2 https://chem.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/General_Chemistry/Book%3A_General_Chemistry_Supplement_(Eames)/Chemical_Reactions_and_Interactions/Acid-Base_Reactions

Step 2

If you are familiar with acid base topic go ahead and familiarize self with the information on heartburn. Videos and articles

Articles

What causes heartburn? click the link below for details. 

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003114.htm

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/9151.php

 

Videos

what causes heartburn? Click the link below for video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP-9AD0wMOk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP-9AD0wMOk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP-9AD0wMOk

. Step 3 

Feel free to go ahead and research additional information on heartburn.

Step 4 

Using the videos, articles, textbooks in the classroom, google search and teacher given notes to to assist with completing the questions below relating to Scenario A. Students have the option to submit assignment as a:

- A interactive presentation(power-point, prezi, screencast somatic, jing or powtoon),

- Oral presentation with charts 

- word document research paper

Questions

1. What could be responsible for the constant burning sensation that Kaley has been experiencing? Explain

2. What possible reason is there for the intense burning at night and after eating spicy chicken? 

3. What could have Kaley done to prevent these stomach burning? Provide at least 3 with reasons for their use.

4. Base on the articles provided and your knowledge on the topic of acids and bases, what type of chemical could be used to treat kaley's stomach? 

5. Upon what chemical principle is the treatment of Kaley's stomach burning (base on your answer in question 3) is base. Explain

6. Provide a word and a balanced chemical equation to represent the reaction for Kaleys treatment.

 

Evaluation

 The rubric below will be used to assess the assigned task

 

4

Exceeds Expectation 

   

3

Meets Expectations

      

2 Satisfactory 

      

1

Needs Improvement 

      

Score
Introduction          
Content           
Real world application           
scientific application           
Organization           

 

Conclusion

I hope you have learned something from this lesson and was able to relate science to everyday life. 

in extension you can think of 2 similar reactions found in everyday life (home, industry or so). 

Credits

Students will receive a project grade for the activity to be included in power-school and counted in overall grade.