Monthly Archives: November 2015

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Glow sticks and the rate of reaction

Background: In chemical reactions, energy can be given off or absorbed in the form of heat but it can also be given off or absorbed in the form of light. Glow sticks use a chemical reaction between a substance called luminol and hydrogen peroxide to release energy in the form of light. How do you start [...]

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This week’s key element is FLUORINE

Background Information Fluorine was discovered by André-Marie Ampére in 1810 and named by Humphry Davy after the mineral fluorite. Fluorine is extremely reactive and poisonous but is the lightest halogen and most electronegative element. It exists as a pale yellow gas in standard conditions. How is it used in everyday life? Fluorine is commonly used [...]

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This week’s key element is NEON

Background Information Neon was discovered by Sir William Ramsay in the late 19th century. It is name from the Greek word for “new”. Neon is a non-reactive monatomic gas under natural conditions and is well known for its properties to do with emission of red light. Neon was discovered when Ramsay chilled a sample of [...]

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Elizabeth Atkinson

See a profile of our Student advocate, Elizabeth Atkinson. You may recognise her from some Chemistry for All events last year. I think I have always loved science, the two things I’ve always enjoyed the most have been biology and chemistry. I loved the way that almost everything around us somehow links to Chemistry, [...]

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Shaking a Test Tube

Shaking a test tube:  we often use test tubes for chemical tests and need to dissolve powder into liquids.  This short film shows you how to shake the solution without spillage.

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Holding and Pouring from a Reagent Bottle

Holding and pouring from a reagent bottle:  get the right technique to make sure it doesn’t slip through your fingers!

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