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Advanced Starters for Ten


A variety of short starter activities to help embed learning in the important skill areas of advanced chemistry. 

Type of Activity

working independently



Age Group

16 to Teacher


Standard laboratory proceduresUnits & standard conditionsAnalysis: quantitativeFormulaeTitrimetric/volumetric analysisColorimetric analysisChemical testsMagnetic resonanceMass spectrometryGames, quizzes & problem solvingSupported self studyMathsEliciting learners' ideasTeaching sequences/lesson plansCharacteristics of ionsTypes of ion: cationsTypes of ion: anionsTypes of ion: zwitterionsPolymersPolymer structuresCovalent bonds/bondingIonic bonds/bondingIonic compoundsCovalent compoundsInorganic compoundsSeparation of mixtures: chromatographyTrends in properties of materialsAcid-base behaviourAcid-base theoriesElectrochemical seriesPeriodicityGroup 1 Alkali metalsGroup 2 Alkaline Earth metalsGroup 3: boron-thalliumGroup 4: carbon-leadGroup 5: nitrogen-bismuthGroup 6: oxygen-poloniumd-block elements and compoundsd-block/Transition metals: electron structures and oxidation statesd-block/Transition metals and compoundsd-block/Transition metal complexesd-block/Transition metal complexes: structure & symmetryEntropy & free energyEnergy changes & thermochemistryEnthalpy changesHess's Law and enthalpy cyclesBond enthalpiesLattice enthalpiesReactions with waterRedoxReactions involving proton transferReactions by electron pair sharingReaction kineticsExperimental techniquesInvestigating factors affecting rateRates & mathsThe definition of rateThe rate equation/expression/lawReactions approaching equilibriumThe temperature dependence of rates of reactionHeterogeneous catalysis & catalystsHomogeneous catalysis & catalystsKinetics & reaction mechanisms: simple reactions & collision theoryThe rate determining stepEquilibrium changesReversible & 'non-reversible' changesDefining equilibriaThe response of equilibria to the conditionsLe Chatelier's PrincipleAcid-base equilibriaAcid-base titrationsBuffer solutionsRedox equilibriaElectrochemical cellsRedox half-reactions and couplesStandard electrode potentialsEmf of a cellFuel cellsThermodynamicsFirst law of thermodynamicsSecond law of thermodynamicsThird law of thermodynamicsGibbs energy, GFunctional groupsTrivial namesIUPAC systemHydrocarbonsOne heteroatom bondTwo heteroatom bondsThree heteroatom bondsAromatic compoundsAmino acidsHeterocyclic compoundsNucleophilic reactionsElectrophilic reactionsFree radical reactionsPolymerisationPolymerisation terminologyTypes of polymerisation reactionsα-amino acidsOccurrence of & need for amino acidsGlyceridesOrganic synthesis routes


Introduction to and contents pages for the A2 Starters for 10 resource, a selection of resources to start advanced chemistry lessons.


Developed by Dr Kristy Turner, RSC School Teacher Fellow 2011-2012 at the University of Manchester, and Dr Catherine Smith, RSC School Teacher Fellow 2011-2012 at the University of Leicester.