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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On the Acid Trail

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, provides students with some titration data from which they are asked to find out as much information as you can about the weak acid used in the experiment. Students work as a groups and afterwards they prepare a presentation on their findings....
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2000 - 2009

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Paint

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, asks students to calculate the thickness of a paint film and estimate how many titanium atoms/ions would be in this depth. Students work as a group to discuss this problem and what approach they will take to solve the problem. Afterwards they prepare...
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2000 - 2009

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Pheromones

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, provides students with information about pheromones. They are asked to suggest some chemical and physical properties of the pheromone described and to make estimates of the number of particles mentioned in the text. Students work as a group to discuss...
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2000 - 2009

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Six Solutions

This problem-solving activity, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, provides students with six solutions which they need to identify using chemicals and apparatus in the laboratory. Students work as a group to devise the experiments they need to carry out. Afterwards they prepare a presentation on the best approach to...
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2000 - 2009

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