Education in Chemistry - Classroom articles

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Displacement reactions

2020-02-03T14:00:00+00:00

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

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The extraction of metals

2019-12-11T11:50:00+00:00

Embed the understanding of reduction and oxidation with your students

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Why you should teach the history of the periodic table

2019-10-24T14:22:00+01:00

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

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Avogadro in action

2019-12-16T10:16:00+00:00

Hydrogenating an alkene without the need for heating

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Cracking!

2019-11-04T12:22:00+00:00

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

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Bright sparks

2019-09-12T08:47:00+01:00

The spontaneous combustion of high surface area iron

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The blueprint reaction

2019-06-27T11:24:00+01:00

Get creative with a photochemical demo

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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

2019-10-03T13:44:00+01:00By

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

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How to tackle context in exams

2019-09-30T14:00:00+01:00By

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

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Students’ struggle with multiple representations

2020-02-13T09:29:00+00:00

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

2020-01-23T09:24:00+00:00

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

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Choose chemical representations carefully

2019-12-12T10:49:00+00:00

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

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Be forceful with chemical bonding

2019-11-27T11:16:00+00:00

Help your students understand chemical bonding with force-based models

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Enhance explanations of intermolecular forces

2019-10-16T09:27:00+01:00

How small prompts can result in big leaps in student understanding

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Which is best: practical or simulation?

2019-09-25T13:44:00+01:00

Students interact with practicals and simulations differently, but does one approach come with better learning outcomes?