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.
Heat a known mass of two metals to produce their oxides and determine their relative atomic masses.
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