Organic chemistry

Classroom resources featuring activities from our Organic 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.

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The conversion of alcohols to halogenoalkanes

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Ethanol is reacted with phosphorus tribromide in a substitution reaction to give bromoethane.

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Nucleophilic substitution reaction mechanisms | 16-18 years

Help your students explore the mechanism for an organic nucleophilic substitution reaction using this lesson plan with activities for 16–18 year olds.

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A microscale oxidation of alcohols

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In this experiment you will be testing various alcohols to see whether they can be oxidised by a solution of acidified potassium dichromate.

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Making esters from alcohols and acids

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Investigate the reactions between a range of alcohols and acids by producing a variety of esters in this class experiment. Includes kit list and safety instructions.

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A microscale acid-base titration

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In this experiment you will be using microscale titration apparatus to complete an acid-base neutralisation. The aim is to calculate the exact concentration of sodium hydroxide solution.

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Using a microscale conductivity meter

Let your students test which solids and solutions/liquids conduct electricity with a microscale conductivity meter

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Electrolysis using a microscale Hoffman apparatus

Investigate the electrolysis of sodium sulphate solution using a microscale Hoffman apparatus

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Formation of TCP (2,4,6-trichlorohydroxybenzene)

Prepare a distinctive-smelling sample of TCP by reacting hydroxybenzene (phenol) with chlorine gas

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The microscale synthesis of aspirin

Carry out a microscale esterification reaction between 2-hydroxybenzoic acid (salicylic acid) and ethanoic anhydride using phosphoric acid as a catalyst to produce aspirin on a microscale

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The microscale synthesis of azo dyes

Create fabric dye by synthesising an azo dye and using it to change the colour of a piece of cotton

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Molecular model misconceptions

Let us take a closer look at the suitability of using molecular models to teach the determination of chemical formulae. 

Using a pipette to add ethanol to acidified sodium dichromate solution for the Oxidation of ethanol experiment

Oxidation of ethanol

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In this class practical, ethanol is oxidised by acidified sodium dichromate to form ethanal and then ethanoic acid. Includes kit list and safety instructions.