Practical chemistry

Explore over four hundred exciting practical experiments that demonstrate chemical concepts and processes. This suite includes the popular co-produced Nuffield Foundation and Royal Society of Chemistry ‘Practical chemistry’ series.

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Reaction between aluminium and iodine

The reaction between aluminium and iodine is catalysed by water. This is a spectacular demonstration as clouds of purple iodine vapour are produced.

 
In Search of Solutions: Fight fire! Fill up with foam

In Search of Solutions: Design and build a fire extinguisher, competing to produce the most foam. Linking to topics on colloids, combustion and acid/base...

 
Red, white and blue!
A solution of ammonia is turned red, white or blue by adding it to phenolphthalein, lead nitrate and copper(II) sulfate solution.
 
The alcohol gun
A spectacular demonstration that shows the large energy changes that occur during the combustion of alcohols.
 
In Search of Solutions: Heating power of a candle

In Search of Solutions: Pitch humble candles vs a mighty bunsen burner, determining their equivalence. Linking to topics on energy and temperature change.

 
In search of more solutions: An elementary problem

From the information given, determine which company has ordered which chemical, which process is involved, and on what week day are they to be delivered

 
The interactive lab primer - reflux with addition
A reactant is added to the refluxing reaction mixture in a controlled way via an addition funnel. This can be done to prevent exothermic reactions getting out...
 
The oxidation states of vanadium

This demonstration can be used as an introduction to the idea of different oxidation states of transition metal ions often having different colours and that...

 
Classic Chemistry Experiments : The preparation and properties of oxygen

Potassium manganate(VII) produces oxygen when heated. In this experiment oxygen is produced and identified with a glowing splint.

 
The fractional distillation of crude oil

This experiment simulates the industrial fractional distillation of crude oil in the laboratory.

 
Joint Earth Science Education Initiative

An online resource providing materials to help chemistry, biology and physics specialists with the teaching of Earth science.

 
Chemistry Outreach: Year 9 chemistry day

Introducing the fun aspects polymers with plastic milk and bouncing custard

 
In Search of Solutions: A birthday cake candle timer

In Search of Solutions: Burning candles lose mass, use this knowledge to make a timer. Linking to topics on cumbustion and friction.

 
Involvement of catalysts in reactions
This reaction involves the oxidation of potassium sodium tartrate by hydrogen peroxide using a colbalt salt as a catalyst.
 
Chemistry Outreach: The salt cellar mystery

Introducing the world of forensic science; gathering chemical and fingerprint evidence to solve a crime.