Expertly communicate the excitement of chemistry with these time-tested classroom practicals.
These resources have been compiled from the book Classic chemistry experiments: a collection of 100 chemistry experiments developed with the support of teachers throughout the UK.
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Use this famous experiment to illustrate the changes in density of gases and liquids when compressed
Demonstrate movement of ions in solution and make coloured writing using electricity and indicators
Learn about acid/base reactions as sodium hydroxide reacts with gas in the air to produce a solution that appears to disappear!
Test the tendency of various metals to form ions
Predict what will happen to the volume of materials when they are added together… then observe
Capture and test the products of combustion of hydrocarbons
Proove that gas particles are not static by generating carbon dioxide in the reaction calcium carbonate and hydrochloric acid and performing the limewater test in the test tube that has been held over the reaction test tube
Examine how a stable foam is produced and what reactions are involved
Extend your students’ knowledge of the Periodic Table by examining the transition metals and their compounds
Investigate the effect of heat on a stretched rubber band
Learn how to identify the composition of unknown substances
Explore the effect that concentration and temperature have on the reaction time of chemicals with this experiment in kinetics
Investigate the effect of temperature on the rate of reaction between sodium thiosulfate and hydrochloric acid to better understand basic collision theory
Examine why some solid substances are more soluble in hot water than in cold water
Find out what happens when electricity passes through molten compounds… with water present
Produce oxygen by heating potassium manganate(VII), then identify it with a glowing splint
React magnesium and calcium with hydrochloric acid to find out which is the most reactive: group 1 or group 2 metals
Calculate the volume of one mole of hydrogen at room temperature and pressure by reacting magnesium with hydrochloric acid
Compare the viscosity of treacle-like and water-like liquids