Mike Tingle

Mike is a former high school head of chemistry, turned educational consultant and author. He specialised in applied science and was a trainer & chief examiner for GNVQ Science. Now retired, he enjoys various volunteer activities, including guiding at the historic Lion Salt Works in Cheshire, and continues to write the occasional science education article.

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    Ideas

    Four simple experiments with counter-intuitive results

    2 February 2018

    Stimulate more thought and discussion

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    Feature

    The Lion, the Wich and the Waller

    11 May 2015

    Almost 30 years after its closure, the historic Lion Salt Works in Cheshire opens its doors to the public. Volunteer Mike Tingle relates some of its history

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    Feature

    The logic of phlogiston

    7 January 2014

    Despite efforts to teach logic and critical thinking in the classroom, students will often give the answer that they think is expected. Perhaps a discredited theory from the 18th century can help students see how different conclusions can be drawn from the same experiment, suggests Mike Tingle

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    Feature

    The logic of phlogiston

    7 January 2014

    Despite efforts to teach logic and critical thinking in the classroom, students will often give the answer that they think is expected. Perhaps a discredited theory from the 18th century can help students see how different conclusions can be drawn from the same experiment, suggests Mike Tingle

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    Feature

    The science of sorting

    2 September 2013

    Many of the UK's local authorities collect recyclable waste mixed together in the same bin. Mike Tingle discovers how differences in chemical and physical properties are used to separate a wide variety of materials

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    Feature

    Salting away our spare gas

    1 July 2012

    Sodium chloride for chemical and food uses is obtained by solution mining. Huge caverns left behind in the rock salt make convenient out-of-sight gas holders

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    Feature

    Greener Chlorine

    1 March 2011

    Chlorine is becoming greener; not in the colour, of course, but in the environmental impact of its manufacture