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Chemistry speed dating

Using anthropomorphism is a really useful technique when it comes to teaching the more challenging concepts in chemistry.

After all, atoms behave just like people in a lot of ways, including matters of love.

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Snakes Alive!

The story

Remember, remember the 5th of November…

But does anyone remember the indoor fireworks that were so popular when I was growing up? More

Easter eggs-periments

Image: Joy Stovall @wikipedia commons

Time for another seasonal post.  It’s nearly Easter so you may wish to have a go at some egg-based science experiments this week.

Teaching ideas

For an interesting spin on a lesson on chemical reactions you could try making a ‘naked egg’, that is an egg without its shell. More

Bonfire night bonanza

Bonfire night gives a great opportunity to put an exciting spin on chemistry.

Of course – you can demonstrate flame tests; sprinkle iron filings into a Bunsen flame to make a pretty sparkler affect or carry out a spot of fire-writing (see weblink below).

All of these are fun but tend to fill the lab with smoke and mess, not to mention they can only be done with classes who are on their best behaviour. More

Festival science

Credit: Logan1138

With Glastonbury commencing on Wednesday, the festival season is well and truly underway.  In this post I will attempt to use the famous music festival as a way of connecting exothermic reactions to Ozzy Osbourne (not literally).

Music festivals generally involve camping and camping involves heating food over naked flames next to a highly flammable nylon tent.  More

Cement gets a green makeover

Image: MManson

Global cement production accounts for about 2 billion tonnes of CO2 every year – that’s 5% of all CO2 emissions and more than the entire aviation industry.
Now a company has come up with a way of producing cement actually reduces carbon dioxide emissions. More