Education in Chemistry - Classroom articles

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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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Measuring energy changes

2019-10-17T09:56:00+01:00

Get practical with students and arm them with the skills and knowledge they need

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Applying practical knowledge to unfamiliar contexts

2019-09-16T09:00:00+01:00

Prepare students to use their learning in different situations

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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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The glow stick reaction

2019-04-16T11:05:00+01:00

Light up the classroom with this simple, safe and value-for-money demonstration of chemiluminescence

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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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Why you need A-level chemistry to study dentistry

2019-08-14T13:45:00+01:00By

Understanding enamel, fillings and anaesthetics requires chemistry knowledge

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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?

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Animations boost learning

2019-08-20T12:09:00+01:00

And reduce cognitive load

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Metacognitive motivation

2019-08-08T09:26:00+01:00

How it can positively influence students’ beliefs in their own abilities

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Tackling spectroscopy

2019-06-06T12:17:00+01:00

Get your students reading spectra like pros

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Does this resonate with you?

2019-05-16T11:56:00+01:00

How to present confusing resonance representations to students

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FROM THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY