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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Hydrogen Peroxide

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, asks students to find the best catalyst for the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide. The solutions should be tested singly and in pairs to investigate whether solutions or solids are the best catalysts. Students work as a group to discuss the...

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2000 - 2009

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Jets of Liquids

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, asks students to investigate what happens when different charged plastics are held near a jet of water issuing from a burette, and to explain their observations. Students work as a group to discuss the problem and decide what approach to take....

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2000 - 2009

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The Life Raft

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, asks students to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each of a selection of resins and decide which one(s) would be best for producing pure water from sea water on a life raft. Students work as a group to discuss the problem and decide...

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2000 - 2009

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Making Copper

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, asks students to make copper metal from copper (II) nitrate crystals by three different methods, using only normal laboratory apparatus. Any other chemicals can be used provided that they do not contain any copper. Students work as a group to...

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