All Problem solving articles – Page 4

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    What compound?

    Identify a given solid; make a list of all of the compounds the solid could be, suggest as many ways as possible of identifying the solid and use this information to devise an analytical procedure; use this procedure to identify the solid.

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    H⁺ ions in water

    Estimate the number of H⁺(aq) ions in a single drop of: water; 1.0 mol dm⁻³ HCl; 1.0 mol dm⁻³ NaOH.

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    What makes it go?

    Carry out certain experiments in a given order. Then without doing any calculations, explain what the driving force of the reaction is in each case – ie qualitatively rather than quantitatively.

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    Which set of ionic compounds?

    Devise a procedure to identify four solids and then use this to carry out the identification.

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    Find the pattern - metals

    Consider data on the specific heat capacities for some metals and solve three problems related to those data.

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    Find the pattern - alcohols

    Consider data on the densities of six primary alcohols and solve four problems based on those data.

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    Catalase

    From a text, solve four problems related to the enzyme catalase.

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    QuantiCorp R&D: new products

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    This C/PBL resource involves an investigation into catalysis and conducting polymers for the production of biosensors. Students are challenged to develop a biosensor based on a conducting polymer in the context of an R D department in a high-tech company. 

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    Hwuche-Hwuche bark

    Communication skills are an essential part of all university degree courses. In general, communication skills are developed throughout undergraduate courses via a range of activities and many departments already have substantial parts of their course aimed at transferable skills. The book ‘Communicating Chemistry’ contains a number of exercises that ...

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    Commercial Skills: Finance

    This module asks teams of students to assess the financial impacts of two projects with a chemical background.

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    Commercial Skills: Feasibility

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    In this module students are asked to summarise and critique two out of the five chemistry-based projects, based on their previous work, and present their preferred option to a “business” audience.

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    Commercial Skills: Project Management

    This module asks teams of students to identify the route to market, and produce a ‘project plan’, for a number of potential projects with a chemical background.

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    Commercial Skills: Market Research

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    This module asks teams of students to estimate the market value of a number of potential projects with a chemical background. 

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    Commercial Skills: Innovation

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    This module asks teams of students to evaluate a number of potential projects, with a chemical background, and identify why they might be of potential value.

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    Commercial Skills: Introduction & Overview

    This is an introduction and overview to five Commerical Skills Modules for Chemists. It includes a briefing for students, presentation video, an overview guide and presentation for tutors and market research on employer needs.

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    Chemistry Olympiad Support Booklet

    A valuable teaching resource for schools to stretch and challenge gifted students

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    Problem based practical activities

    A collection of 10 practical activities where students apply their understanding of a concept to devise a solution to a ‘real-life’ scenario.

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    Odd one out (organic)

    This activity should encourage a rapid consideration of the range of concepts met in organic chemistry.

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    Rusting

    This activity looks at rusting in the context of shipwrecks. It has different demands to the traditional experiment to show the factors needed for rusting to occur.

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    Odd one out

    This activity is fairly synoptic in nature and should encourage a rapid consideration of the range of concepts met in chemistry taught to ages 11–13.