Combustion, thermal decomposition, oxidation and displacement reactions

This lists suggests a range of activities which explore combustion, thermal decomposition, oxidation and displacement.  Practical tips for successful demonstrations, suggested teaching approaches and ideas for extending students' thinking are included.

The resources support the teaching linked to the following topics:

  •  chemical reactions as the rearrangement of atoms
  •  representing chemical reactions  - using formulae and using equations
  •  combustion, thermal decomposition, oxidation and displacement reactions    

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