Analytical chemistry

Classroom resources featuring activities from our Analytical Chemistry professional development course for teachers

This collection is most valuable to those who have attended this course and wish to put into practice with their students some of the ideas and activities presented as part of that event. Please note that this list is not exhaustive; not all trainer activities have a corresponding classroom resource. In some circumstances there is variation between the training resource and classroom resource.

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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Extracting iron from breakfast cereal

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Separate food grade metallic iron from fortified breakfast cereals by using powerful Neodymium magnets.

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Purifying an impure solid

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It is often necessary to obtain a pure chemical from an impure sample. This experiment involves the purification of a chemical called alum.

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Chromatography of sweets

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In this experiment you will remove the dye from the surface of various Smarties® or M&M’S®. Chromatography will then show all the different substances used to produce each colour for the sweets.

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Detecting starch in food on a microscale

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In this experiment you will be testing various foods to see whether they contain starch.

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Measuring the amount of vitamin C in fruit drinks

Use titration to determine how much vitamin C is in a fruit drink

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Faces of Chemistry – Packaging gases

Discover how scientists from BOC remove gases from the air and use them in food packaging and processing.

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Flame tests using metal salts

In this classic science experiment, students report on the colours produced when flame tests are carried out on different metal salts.

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Elements, compounds and mixtures

Chemistry is a conceptual subject and, in order to explain many of these concepts, teachers use models to describe and explain the microscopic world and relate it to the macroscopic properties of matter. This resource is designed to provide strategies for dealing with some of the misconceptions that students have ...

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Separating sand and salt

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In this experiment students separate a mixture of sand and salt. This illustrates the fundamental meaning of separating an insoluble material from one which is soluble.

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Mass and dissolving

Chemistry is a conceptual subject and, in order to explain many of these concepts, teachers use models to describe and explain the microscopic world and relate it to the macroscopic properties of matter. This resource is designed to provide strategies for dealing with some of the misconceptions that students have ...

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The fractional distillation of crude oil

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This experiment simulates the industrial fractional distillation of crude oil in the laboratory.

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Chromatography of leaves

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Separate the different pigments present in a leaf using paper chromatography.

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Chromatography worksheet

This activity extends the students’ understanding of chromatography. It links chromatography with particle theory and develops the tools of analogy and modelling.

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Flame tests (the wooden splint method)

The method described in this experiment is intended for students to carry out and avoids the need for the use of concentrated hydrochloric acid. It also avoids the cost and contamination problems associated with the use of nichrome or platinum wires.

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Testing salts for anions and cations

Learn how to identify the composition of unknown substances

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Chromatography

This book teaches about modern chemical techniques without heavy emphasis on maths or physics. It includes descriptions of instruments and their applications.

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Aspirin book

This book contains eight free-standing activities that can be used singly or as a coherent package in a wide range of teaching and learning situations for both academic and vocational courses.

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Finding the formula of hydrated copper(II) sulfate

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In this experiment, the water of crystallisation is removed from hydrated copper(II) sulfate. The mass of water is found by weighing before and after heating. This information is used to find x in the formula: CuSO4.xH2O.

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The determination of copper in brass

Investigate how much copper there is in brass (an alloy of copper and zinc) by dissolving the brass in nitric acid and comparing the colour of the solution with that of solutions of various concentrations of copper

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Melting point determination

The measurement of melting points is a relatively straightforward procedure that is carried out to determine the purity of a compound or to assist with its identification. A pure compound will melt over a relatively narrow temperature range, impurities both lower and widen the temperature range over which a compound ...

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Recovering water from copper(II) sulfate solution

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In this experiment, water from copper(II) sulfate solution is evaporated and some of it is condensed using simple apparatus.

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Introduction to spectroscopy

Get back to basics with this primer on the principles of spectroscopic techniques, including infrared (IR), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). To make it even easier, each technique has clear explanations and descriptions supported by animations.

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Spectroscopy in a Suitcase students' resource: spectroscopy introduction

Spectroscopy is the study of the way light (electromagnetic radiation) and matter interact. There are a number of different types of spectroscopic techniques and the basic principle shared by all is to shine a beam of a particular electromagnetic radiation on to a sample and observe how it responds to ...

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Spectroscopy in a Suitcase: IR student resources

One of the first scientists to observe infrared radiation was William Herschel in the early 19th century. He noticed that when he attempted to record the temperature of each colour in visible light, the area just beyond red light gave a marked increase in temperature compared to the visible colours. ...

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Mass spectrometry (MS)

Mass spectrometry is a powerful technique in the modern analytic laboratory. Learn the fundamental theory behind the operation of a mass spectrometer.

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Gases from Air

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An introduction to extracting gases from air.