Practical resources

Resources and inspiration for practical work and demonstrations. Practical chemistry activities are accompanied by our standard health and safety guidance.

Explore over 400 exciting practical experiments for your classroom

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Universal indicator ‘rainbow’

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Create a ‘rainbow’ effect in a glass tube using universal indicator solution, hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide.

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Reaction between aluminium and iodine

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Treat your students to a spectacular demonstration as aluminium and iodine are catalysed by water.

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The combustion of iron wool

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Demonstrate a clear increase in mass as iron wool is heated in air on a simple ‘see-saw’ balance.

Two coloured cobalt solutions

The equilibrium between two coloured cobalt species

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Watch as the equilibrium between cobalt species Co(H2O)62+ and CoCl42- is disturbed – with an accompanying colour change predicted by Le Chatelier’s principle.

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Simulations

Support practical chemistry with new ways to explore experimental work. Use these simulations for pre-lab learning and post-lab inquiry.

Aspirin screen experiment

Aspirin screen experiment

Get students aged 16–18 running their own organic synthesis on a computer or tablet before taking part in the real thing. This resource also features an in-depth practical guide and a set of worksheets covering the theory.

Titration screen experiment

Titration screen experiment

Give students the opportunity to conduct their own titration experiment on a computer or tablet. This resource also includes a redox titration experiment.

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