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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Find the Chloride

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, provides students with five solids which they need to analyse. They use chemicals and apparatus in the laboratory to devise experiments to determine which of the solids is the chloride.

Students need to work as a group to decide which...

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2000 - 2009

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Find the Pattern – Alcohols

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, provides students with data on the densities of six primary alcohols.

Students are asked to calculate the molar volume of each alcohol, then identify and explain the pattern. They use this pattern to estimate values for a seventh primary...

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2000 - 2009

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Find the Pattern – Metals

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, provides students with data on the specific heat capacities for some metals. They are asked to identify and explain any patterns in the data.

Students are also asked to use this information to make predictions and suggest ways of...

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2000 - 2009

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Five White Solids

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, provides students with five white solids which they need to identify using any chemical test and suitable laboratory apparatus.

Students need to work as a group to discuss the problem and decide how they are going to carry out the...

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2000 - 2009

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