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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Four Solutions

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, provides students with four solutions which they need to identify using two different approaches: using only the solutions along with standard laboratory glassware; and by using all the facilities and chemicals available in the laboratory. Students...
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2000 - 2009

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H+ ions in water

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, asks students to estimate the number of hydrogen ions in one drop of each of the following: water, 1.0 mol dm-3 HCl and 1.0 mol dm-3 NaOH. Students need to work as a group to discuss the problem and decide what approach to take. Afterwards...
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2000 - 2009

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Hair

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, asks students estimate the approximate rate of growth of human hair in m/s and use this figure to estimate the number of amino acid molecules which are incorporated in a growing hair every second. Two possible methods are suggested but students are...
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2000 - 2009

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Helping an Industrial Chemist

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, asks students to devise a method for making a copper catalyst dispersed on an aluminium oxide support. Their starting materials are: solid copper (II) nitrate and solid aluminium nitrate. The problem is set in the context of an industrial chemist who...
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2000 - 2009

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