A series of short videos of fun demonstrations about the chemistry of the gases in our atmosphere, taken from a lecture by Dr. Peter Wothers of the University of Cambridge.
Introducing the gases in the atmosphere and their proportions.
Demonstration of how much the air around us actually weighs.
Two different demonstrations of the effect of air pressure in the world around us.
A clever way of showing the strength of the air pushing down on us, compared to two grown men!
Watch what happens when very reactive phosphorus comes into contact with air!
Joseph Priestley's discovery of oxygen.
Where does all the oxygen in the atmosphere come from?
Find out how oxygen is made for the oxygen masks used in aeroplanes!
Watch what happens when a jelly baby is burnt in oxygen!
See how air turns to liquid when it's cooled down!
Impressive demonstration of how the energy is released from food when it combines with oxygen!
Using the equipment you can build your own atmospheric monitoring station, record and see data from local temperature to nitrogen dioxide levels.
Six more puzzles to challenge and enthuse your students
Ask students to plan experiments, record data and draw conclusions in this practical activity
How can we use vinegar and sodium bicarbonate to make a fire extinguisher?
Examine the environmental impact of our clothing with these resources
Help 11–14 students learn about the table’s development, structure and history
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