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    What is entropy?

    1 July 2009

    What's the best way to introduce to your students this most misunderstood of thermodynamic properties?

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    Investigations get real

    1 January 2009

    What real chemists do can be the basis of motivating investigations and learning in school chemistry

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    Cambridge Pre-U chemistry

    1 May 2008

    The 'Cambridge Pre-U' qualifications - the latest alternatives to A-levels

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    Build your own spectrophotometer

    1 September 2007

    By designing and building their own visible-light spectrophotometers, students get to grips with the underlying principles of this widely used analytical tool

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    Experimenting with biodiesel

    1 July 2007

    The synthesis of biodiesel is exploited to teach general chemistry principles and as a way of fostering a 'green conscience' within undergraduate chemistry students

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    Investigating commercial sunscreens

    1 July 2007

    Commercial sunscreens provide the basis of an industry-linked investigation suitable for students at various levels

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    Making triazoles, the green way

    1 May 2007

    Triazole synthesis provides an excellent example of a reaction that has the potential to illustrate principles of green chemistry to undergraduates

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    Microscale chemistry

    1 March 2007

    The range of school experiments being done on the microscale is growing. Here are examples from Key Stage 3, through Key Stage 4, to A-level

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    Investigating activation energies

    1 January 2007

    A challenge for post-16 students to investigate the activation energies of the enzyme-catalysed and the inorganic-catalysed decomposition of hydrogen peroxide

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    Applied science: on course

    1 November 2006

    Applied science has a key role in the 14-16 curriculum, and its popularity is growing