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Case Study: Plumbing

Produced for Future Morph, this resource contains a video in which an apprentice plumber talks about his work in a renewable energy company installing solar water panels. The theory and practicals he learns in college is applied in the workplace.

A second activity looks at a demonstration that illustrates...

Case Study: Service Engineering

Produced for Future Morph, this video sees an apprentice in service engineering talk about his work. Service engineers are mechanical engineers who work on equipment such as engines and gearboxes. The student describes how his attendance at college fits with his job in an engineering business and allows him to...

Condensation Polymerisation

Produced by Solar Spark, this activity allows students to see a condensation polymerisation reaction in action as the polyamide polymer, Nylon, is produced. This is a condensation polymer made of two parent monomers, a di-amine and a di-acid chloride.

The reaction can be used to illustrate:
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Light Sensitive Silver Salts

In this classic demonstration, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, a precipitate of silver chloride made from the reaction of silver nitrate and sodium chloride is collected on a filter paper and dried. The paper is then placed under a photoflood light with parts of the paper obscured by object. The silver salt...

The Oxidation of Ammonia

In this classic demonstration, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, oxygen gas is bubbled through a solution of aqueous ammonia and a heated spiral of platinum is held in the resulting gas mixture. An exothermic reaction causes the wire to glow red hot and brown nitrogen dioxide is observed as well as white fumes...

A Visible Activated Complex

In this classic demonstration, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, cobalt (II) chloride catalyses the reaction between hydrogen peroxide and potassium sodium tartrate. During the reaction the catalyst changes colour, showing that it is involved in the reaction.

The resource provides a list of apparatus and...

An Oscillating Reaction

In this classic demonstration, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, manganese (II) ions catalyse the reaction between bromate ions and malonic acid. The reaction oscillates between red-brown and colourless.

The resource provides a list of apparatus and chemicals needed for the experiment, together with...

The Equilibrium Between ICl and ICl3

In this classic demonstration, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, an equilibrium is set up between iodine chloride, chlorine and iodine trichloride. The amount of chlorine can be varied and the effect on equilibrium observed.

The resource provides a list of apparatus and chemicals needed for the...

The Combustion of Iron Wool

In this classic demonstration, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, iron wool is heated on a seesaw balance and the gain in mass is observed.

The resource provides a list of apparatus and chemicals needed for the experiment, together with teaching tips.

Curriculum links include: chemical reactions...

Chemiluminescence - Oxidation of Luminol

In this classic demonstration, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, a solution of luminol is oxidised by sodium chlorate giving out a blue glow without an increase in temperature.

The resource provides a list of apparatus and chemicals needed for the experiment, together with teaching tips.

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