Chemistry of the cosmos
In this lesson, students apply their knowledge of reaction rates, and structure and bonding, to an exciting new context – the chemistry of interstellar space. Having watched an engaging animation, students work in groups to find out about the nature of interstellar space and its atoms, ions, and molecules. They learn how the reaction conditions in interstellar space are different from those on Earth, and discover how scientists study chemical reactions that occur many light years away from Earth.
This resource focuses on a novel and exciting area of chemistry. It is intended to stretch and challenge higher achieving students to apply their knowledge of GCSE in the areas of:
Rates of reaction
Structure and bonding
Students describe the nature of interstellar space.
Students explain how the conditions which determine the rates of a chemical reaction in interstellar space are different from those on Earth.
Students apply their knowledge of structure and bonding to draw atoms, ions, and molecules found in interstellar space.
Students explain how scientists can study chemical reactions that are many light years away from Earth.
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