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Introductory chemistry contains experiments for those starting chemistry. Students will be at different ages in different countries. In the UK they are likely to be aged 11 to 13.

Solids, liquids, and gases

The activities in this section allow opportunities to link experimental evidence and simple particle theory to explain the properties of solids, liquids and gases.

Based on the Practical Chemistry website: http://practicalchemistry.org/experiments/introductory/solids-liquids-and-gases/topic-index.html

Elements and compounds

How elements react to form compounds, and the difference in properties of elements and compounds.

The experiments in this section can be used to illustrate the properties of elements and compounds and to provide examples of chemical change which can be explained by the rearrangement of atoms.

Based on the Practical Chemistry website: http://practicalchemistry.org/experiments/introductory/elements-and-compounds/topic-index.html

Mixtures and separations

The differences between compounds and mixtures

Activities in this section cover the differences between compounds and mixtures. Experiments involving a wide variety of separation techniques are included (e.g. chromatography and distillation).

Based on the Practical Chemistry website: http://practicalchemistry.org/experiments/introductory/mixtures-and-separations/topic-index.html

Change

An introduction to a fundamental principle of chemistry

The experiments in this section cover the concepts of physical and chemical change. Examples include activities which show that chemical change results in new substances with different properties from the starting materials.

Based on the Practical Chemistry website: http://practicalchemistry.org/experiments/introductory/change/topic-index.html

Patterns

Patterns in behaviour of substances

The experiments in this section allow opportunities to explore the patterns in the behaviour of a wide variety of substances (e.g. metals, acids, oxygen, water).

Based on the Practical Chemistry website: http://practicalchemistry.org/experiments/introductory/patterns/topic-index.html

Metals and non-metals

What is a metal?

The activities in this section include experiments looking at the properties and reactions of metal and non–metal elements.

Based on the Practical Chemistry website: http://practicalchemistry.org/experiments/introductory/metals-and-non-metals/topic-index.html

Acids and bases

Experiments in this section include the use of indicators to classify solutions as acidic, neutral or alkaline. Activities covering the reactions of acids and alkalis are also provided.

Based on the Practical Chemistry website: http://practicalchemistry.org/experiments/introductory/acids-and-bases/topic-index.html

Air and atmosphere

The activities in this section include experiments on the reactions of some of the gases in the Earth’s atmosphere. Experiments covering pollution and environmental chemistry are also included.

Based on the Practical Chemistry website: http://practicalchemistry.org/experiments/introductory/air-and-atmosphere/topic-index.html

Solutions and water

Ideas about dissolving, solutions and solubility

Ideas about dissolving, solutions and solubility are covered in the activities in this section.

Based on the Practical Chemistry website: http://practicalchemistry.org/experiments/introductory/solutions-and-water/topic-index.html

The Earth

Chemical processes in the rock cycle

Activities in this section relate to the chemical processes involved in the rock cycle, e.g. crystallisation and chemical weathering.

Based on the Practical Chemistry website: http://practicalchemistry.org/experiments/introductory/the-earth/topic-index.html