Creative Problem Solving in Chemistry

These resources were designed to

* To improve students' ability to communicate and work together.

*To develop students' problem solving skill.

*To give students to opportunity to be creative.

*To show students that science is more than 'getting the right answer' and that it can involve using one's own judgement.

The problem-based activities all have a variety of possible solutions. The key feature of the resources is that students work in groups to discuss the possible solutions critically before presenting their ideas to the class.

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Aluminium Foil

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, is based on the reaction of metals with acids. Students are asked to find out which salt or ion is the best catalyst for the reaction between aluminium and dilute hydrochloric acid. Students need to work as a group to discuss the problem and decide...

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2000 - 2009

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Amount of CO2

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, is based the reaction between barium sulphate and potassium carbonate. Students are provided with a mixture of the two chemicals and asked to determine the amount of carbon dioxide that can be obtained from the mixture using chemicals and apparatus...

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2000 - 2009

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Argon

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, asks students to estimate the percentage of ‘empty space’ in a sample of gaseous argon. The key question which underpins this problem is ‘What is meant by the volume of a gas?’ and it can be approached in two ways: By calculating the space between...

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2000 - 2009

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A Black Solid

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, asks students to work in groups to devise experiments to identify a black solid sample, using chemicals and apparatus available in the laboratory. An example of some tests that the students can carry out such as flame tests and reaction with acids...

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