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.

A variety of different breakfast cereals in bowls on a wooden surface, with a glass jug of milk and spoons at the side

Extracting iron from breakfast cereal

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Try this class practical or demonstration to extract food-grade iron from breakfast cereals using neodymium magnets. Includes kit list and safety instructions.

Macro photograph of white alum crystals

Purifying an impure solid

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Purify alum as an example of obtaining a pure chemical from an impure sample in this class practical. Includes kit list and safety instructions.

Cromtography index

Chromatography of sweets

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Try this class practical to carry out chromatography using dye from different coloured M&M’s®. Includes kit list and safety instructions.

A round loaf of white bread partly cut to produce three slices

Detecting starch in food on a microscale

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Test different foodstuffs for the presence of starch using iodine in this microscale class practical. Includes kit list and safety instructions.

Orange vitamin c image

Measuring the amount of vitamin C in fruit drinks

Explore ascorbic acid in fruit drinks through titration in this experiment, with specimen results and calculations, stock solutions, and detailed notes included. 


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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.


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.


Chemical misconceptions II: Elements, compounds and mixtures

Explore and understand pure substances and mixtures; elements and compounds, through active study. 

A photograph showing apparatus for filtering mixtures, including conical flasks, glass funnels and filter paper

Separating sand and salt by filtering and evaporation

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Try this class experiment to practise manipulating mixtures of soluble and insoluble materials by separating sand and salt. Includes kit list and safety instructions.


Chemical misconceptions II: Mass and dissolving

This exercise is primarily aimed at the 11–14 age range, to discover more about dissolving solids in liquids. 

Equipment set up in a school laboratory for an experiment simulating the fractional distillation of crude oil, with a side-arm test tube, a thermometer and a delivery tube

The fractional distillation of crude oil

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Try this class practical or demonstration to simulate the industrial fractional distillation of crude oil. Includes kit list and safety instructions.

Five leaves representing different stages of turning brown, from completely green to yellow to fully brown

Leaf chromatography

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Try this class practical to use paper chromatography to separate and investigate the pigments in a leaf. Includes kit list and safety instructions.


Chromatography worksheet

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

Splint on fire image

Flame tests (the wooden splint method)

Find a new method to perform flame tests using wooden splints soaked in chlorides. Includes kit list and safety instructions.

coloured test tubes

Testing salts for anions and cations

A full range of chemicals will guide students into discovering how to identify the composition of unknown substances. Includes kit list and safry instructions. 



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


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.

Hydrated copper sulfate crystals (blue in colour)

Finding the formula of hydrated copper(II) sulfate

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In this experiment students will measure the mass of hydrated copper(II) sulfate before and after heating and use mole calculations to find the formula.

A close-up photograph of spiral-shaped brass turnings

The determination of copper in brass

Try this microscale class practical to investigate how much copper there is in brass using nitric acid. Includes kit list and safety instructions.


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 ...

Blue copper(II) sulfate solution in a glass beaker against a neutral grey-white background

Recovering water from copper(II) sulfate solution

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Try this practical to introduce students to aqueous solutions by distilling water from copper(II) sulfate solution. Includes kit list and safety instructions.

electromagnetic radiation

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.


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 ...


IR student resources: Infrared spectroscopy

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. ...

mass spectrometer

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.

Oxygen cylinder

Gases from Air

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An introduction to extracting gases from air.