Classic Chemistry Demonstrations

These 100 classic chemistry demonstrations, from the Royal Society of Chemistry allow students to see experiments which they would not be able to perform themselves and to watch a skilled teacher or technician at work.

This compilation includes many well-known demonstrations as well as many that are less familiar.

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A Visible Activated Complex

In this classic demonstration, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, cobalt (II) chloride catalyses the reaction between hydrogen peroxide and potassium sodium tartrate. During the reaction the catalyst changes colour, showing that it is involved in the reaction.

The resource provides a list of apparatus and...

An Oscillating Reaction

In this classic demonstration, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, manganese (II) ions catalyse the reaction between bromate ions and malonic acid. The reaction oscillates between red-brown and colourless.

The resource provides a list of apparatus and chemicals needed for the experiment, together with...

Extracting Iron from Breakfast Cereal

In this classic demonstration, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, a magnetic stirrer is used to extract iron from breakfast cereal.

The resource provides a list of apparatus and chemicals needed for the experiment, together with teaching tips.

Curriculum links include: food science, general...

The Equilibrium Between ICl and ICl3

In this classic demonstration, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, an equilibrium is set up between iodine chloride, chlorine and iodine trichloride. The amount of chlorine can be varied and the effect on equilibrium observed.

The resource provides a list of apparatus and chemicals needed for the...

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