Short videos of exciting demonstrations of the chemistry of everyday materials, taken from a lecture by Peter Wothers at the University of Cambridge.
What is limestone made of, and how can we tell?
Shells and limestone have a lot in common - both contain lots of calcium carbonate!
See what would happen if there was no calcium in our bones!
Pouring water on calcium oxide has a very dramatic effect!
Find out why we never find calcium metal in nature.
Extracting potassium carbonate from ashes.
A clever reaction to make potassium from potash.
Violent reaction of potassium metal with water!
Six more puzzles to challenge and enthuse your students
How to encourage your pupils to use it as a resource
Nina Notman explains why forest fires in Indonesia made the sky look red
What exactly is happening when foods change colour?
Practise data analysis skills with 11–14
Help to apply maths skills to chemistry lessons: ratios
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