All Applications of chemistry articles – Page 5

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    Wood conservation - the Mary Rose

    The Mary Rose is a wooden Tudor warship that sank off Portsmouth in 1545. While on the sea bed, most of her hull became covered in silt, which effectively sealed it and the artefacts it contained in anaerobic (air-free) conditions and preserved them from decay.

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    Chemistry in your cupboard: Veet

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    Link the post-16 topics of amino acids and proteins, bonding, reaction rates and equilibria and Le Chateliers principle to the topic of hair removal. Learn about a range of real life contexts for these chemical ideas through written material, and questions to encourage learning and test understanding.

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    Chemistry in your cupboard: Vanish

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    Link the topics of group 7 elements, amino acids, proteins, fats and carbohydrates and bonding to the topic of stain removal. Learn about a range of real life contexts for these chemical ideas through written material, and questions to encourage learning and test understanding.

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    Chemistry in your cupboard: Cillit Bang

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    Link the post-16 topics of group 1 elements, detergents (surfactants), solvents and acids to the topic of cleaning products.

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    Chemistry in your cupboard: Harpic

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    Link the post-16 topics of group bonding, acid rain, equilibria and Le Chateliers principle and strong and weak acids to the topic of removing limescale. Learn about a range of real life contexts for these chemical ideas through written material, and questions to encourage learning and test understanding.

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    Chemistry in your cupboard: Calgon

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    Link the post-16 topics of group 2 elements, acids and bases and polymerisation to the topic of hardness of water. 

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    Chemistry in your cupboard: Finish

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    Link the topics of rates of reaction, group 1, 2 and 7 elements, proteins, fats and carbohydrates and acids and bases to the topic of dishwasher cleaning. Learn about a range of real life contexts for these chemical ideas through written material, and questions to encourage learning and test understanding. 

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    Why do we worry about chemicals?

    Here we provide you with public facing ‘Message Notes’ aimed at the wider public. These notes have the purpose of providing balanced information explaining the risks associated with chemicals of high concern. They also explain how chemists address and manage these risks.

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    Nuclear decommissioning: turning waste into wealth

    This context/problem-based learning (C/PBL) resource is part of a collection we have commissioned for you to use with your undergraduate students. This 5 credit module is based on the following scenario: Your students will consider the management of a nuclear decommissioning project with a focus on adding value ...

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    Waste to wealth videos: Peter Ivanov

    This resource forms part of a collection of videos that aims to provide undergraduate students with insights into what it is like to work in the nuclear industry. In these videos Peter Ivanov explains what it is like to work as a radiochemist. He describes the role of solvent extraction ...

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    Waste to wealth videos: Martin Freer

    This resource forms part of a collection of videos that aims to provide undergraduate students with insights into what it is like to work in the nuclear industry. In these videos Martin Freer explains what it is like to work in the nuclear industry. He describes some of the issues ...

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    On This Day – Aug 04 : Nicolas-Jacques Conté born

    He developed a method for making pencil leads, by mixing powdered graphite with clay and firing the mixture in a kiln. This method is still used to make pencils today. Until this point, pencil leads were made from pure graphite sticks that could only be imported to France from Cumbria in the UK. By varying the ratio of clay and graphite powder, the hardness of the pencil lead could also be changed.

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    Streamwatch - a UK water analysis science project

    The resource provides access to a water analysis kit and instructions on how to use these. Using this resource provides teachers with great potential to engaging students and enable them to see the purpose and benefits of chemical analysis. The resource could be used for project work and is ...

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    Mission starlight

    The mission? To protect astronauts from the effects of harmful UV light

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    A hydrogen powered rocket

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    Experiment with plastic bottles with a mixture of hydrogen gas and air to make ‘rockets’.

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    Conducting plastics and shape changing polymers

    The Learning about materials resources collection presents educational resources about materials in the form of teacher’s notes and photocopiable worksheets. The worksheets in this resource consist of comprehension exercises that revise many basic ideas from chemistry and approach them from a novel perspective.

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    Graphene: future applications

    A video that explores different types of carbon, looking in particular at graphene and its uses. Also, learn how to make your own solar cell, answer questions from the allotropes of carbon gridlock game, and read an anecdote about the discovery of buckminsterfullerene. Video: Graphene ...

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    Chemhistory: cocaine

    Professor Alan Dronsfield, chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Historical Group, looks at the significance of cocaine in an historical context.

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    The chemistry of energy: case study

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    This resource is a group case study which guides students through some of the key chemical aspects of power generation, the distribution of energy and the relationship between science and policy. It’s a contextualised introduction to the application of several key chemical concepts such as thermodynamics to real world situations. ...

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    Oil sands process water: diamonds not so forever

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    This C/PBL resource is designed to help students discover what organic chemicals are present in the waste water which is produced during the processing of oil sands, and analytically assess these potentially toxic organic chemicals.