Materials and chemical properties


This T level topic area is concerned with relating the structure of substances to their properties. Although students will have come across examples of alkali metals and transition metals previously at GCSE, they will perhaps not be aware of all the reactions named in this specification and some of the transition metal properties may be new to them as these are mainly covered in the Triple science qualification. Misconceptions about group 1 include metals 'wanting' to give away electrons and giving other anthropomorphic explanations such as  being stronger, rather than more reactive. Students may also not have come across transition metals outside of the ones listed in the reactivity series, so chance to experience other examples may be helpful at this point.


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