A conical flash with white gas escaping from it (the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide)

The genie in the bottle

Demonstrating the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide

Four arrows embedded in an archery target

Help students understand accuracy and error

Embed use of the right key terms in practical work from an early age

Speech bubble made up of icons of scientific things like test tubes and calculators

Six tips for teaching chemical formulas

Formulas are chemistry’s vocabulary so let’s learn from modern foreign language teaching techniques

A puppy sitting still despite being pulled by a lead

How to engage reluctant revisers

Have your students left it to the very last minute?

Retro, pop art, man in a suit panicking

Three tips for teaching outside your subject specialism

Found yourself lost in the wilds of a new discipline? Don’t panic!

A dozen male cyclists in a tight grouping pictured from the front

Acetylcysteine

A compound with a range of medical uses that found itself embroiled in a cycling controversy

Cartoon – a pupil has left behind a pile of empty energy drink cans and a person-shaped hole in the wall

Do teenagers drink too many energy drinks?

Effects of high caffeine doses under scrutiny

Two people in Hazmat suits around a bench covered in plastic

A state secret leak is helping to solve the Skripal poisoning

The role of scientist whistle-blowers from Russia

Tetranitromethane CN4O8 molecule isolated on white

Tetranitromethane

A failed rocket fuel oxidiser with an elusive structure

Tungsten carbide saw cutting metal

Tungsten carbide

The alloy that links armour-piercing bullets and ball point pens

  • Hazards, safety and apparatus

  • Evaporation, filtration and crystallisation

  • Mixtures and solutions

  • Rate experiments

  • Practical distillation

Pieces of paper covered in thermochromic ink in front of an open microwave

Light-speed learning

A quick, fun way to get students thinking about random and systematic errors, accuracy and precision

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May 2018
Ideas for teaching mixtures and solutions. Help your students understand mechanisms.

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FROM THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY