Education in Chemistry - Classroom articles

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Displacement reactions


Activities, tips and ideas to help students get to grips with the reactivity series

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The extraction of metals


Embed the understanding of reduction and oxidation with your students

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Why you should teach the history of the periodic table


Because students familiar with the table’s development and structure make better chemists

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Working with standard form


How your students can master standard form to help them solve chemistry problems

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Working with ratio

2019-12-18T11:38:00+00:00By Rob King

Help your students transfer their maths knowledge to chemistry

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Fire stopper


Teach the extinguishing properties and density of CO₂ safely

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Avogadro in action


Hydrogenating an alkene without the need for heating

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Here’s how to crack the cracking of long chain hydrocarbons

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Grounded: Keeping the carbon beneath our feet

2020-02-10T10:11:00+00:00By ,

Can soil help address climate change?

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Taking the fear out of time-of-flight calculations

2019-10-08T11:24:00+01:00By Joe Ogborn

Get the teaching of TOF-MS right and student outcomes will really soar

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Why you need A-level chemistry to study pharmacy


Why chemistry is essential to understand and manufacture safe, effective medicines

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How to tackle context in exams


Teach students how to apply their knowledge, not parrot back information

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Research points the way to help teach Maxwell—Boltzmann distributions


How to avoid faulty knowledge application by students when teaching distributions of states

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Students’ struggle with multiple representations


How important is it for students to be able to move between chemical representations to grasp fundamental chemical concepts and phenomena?

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Philosophical discussion promotes confidence in the classroom


How encouraging students to engage in philosophical dialogue can yield surprising results

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Choose chemical representations carefully


How the combination of representations you use impacts your students’ learning

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Be forceful with chemical bonding


Help your students understand chemical bonding with force-based models

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Enhance explanations of intermolecular forces


How small prompts can result in big leaps in student understanding