A series of short video clips of explosive and exciting chemical reactions, taken from a lecture called “Fire and Flame” by Dr. Peter Wothers at the University of Cambridge.
Starting to investigate how hydrocarbons burn in air, with propane.
From the Peter Wothers lecture series - Fire and Flame
How do we get the biggest bang when burning propane and oxygen?
What happens when a propane and oxygen mixture is set on fire?
From the Peter Wothers lecture series - Fire and Flame.
Trying to make the biggest bang using a 1:5 ratio of propane to oxygen.
How catalysts can help set things alight.
How a palladium metal catalyst helps to set hydrogen on fire without using a spark!
Explaining the roles that catalysts play in our cars.
How does a metal catalyst help us set fire to an alcohol?
Demonstration of how very reactive phosphorus catches fire on contact with the air!
Another very flammable gas, methane, spontaneously setting on fire!
Bubbles of methane burning in air.
Silicon based silane is even more reactive than methane!
Challenge the misconception that metals and non-metals are completely opposite in their properties with this activity
Showcasing samples and gas tests are imperative when introducing non-metal elements to students
A selection of curriculum-relevant resources and activities to use remotely with your 11–14 classes
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Let students practise algebra in a chemistry context
Which material makes the warmest jacket? Investigate the insulating properties of various materials with this activity for ages 7–14
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