Synthesis and analysis are two key aspects of chemistry, particularly when exploring the role of chemistry in an industrial context and relating the products formed to applications in everyday life. In order to successfully synthesise any material it is necessary to have an understanding of the starting materials, the product(s) and the mechanisms and conditions needed to move from one to the other. This pulls together many different aspects of chemistry learning. This programme is designed to develop students understanding of these topics from basic concepts to higher level thinking. It also aims to show that understanding how aspects of chemistry link together gives fuller understanding of the chemical processes as a whole. Working through the activities will also develop thinking and research skills.
The RSC would like to thank Tim Jolliff for the use of his materials in these resources. Tim’s book ‘Chemistry for the Gifted and Talented’ is also available on Learn Chemistry.