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It smells fishy to me

Monday 29 June 2015

“Amines smell of rotting fish” is often quoted in chemistry textbooks. As chemists we should probably look at this the other way round and... more

Updated version of the 2014 Guide

Tuesday 17 March 2015

Almost exactly one year after the new Chemistry 2014 Guide was published (for first assessment in 2016) an updated version has just appeared... more

A nitrogen-free explosive

Monday 9 March 2015

Have you ever wonder exactly why airlines are so wary of passengers carrying more than 100 cm3 of liquids on board airplanes?Poster produced... more

Problems with the new data booklet radii.

Thursday 12 February 2015

Part of Table 8 from the IB data book for 2009 onwardsOne of the fundamental tenets of the Nature of Science is that a scientific theory is... more

A different type of 'bucky ball'

Monday 9 February 2015

Most IB teachers and students will know that ‘bucky ball’ is a slang term for the C60 molecule, buckminsterfullerene, which is covered in... more

Chemical misconceptions

Wednesday 28 January 2015

We’ve all come across chemical misconceptions and part of our job as chemistry teachers it to try to combat them. For example, would you eat... more

A problem with scandium

Tuesday 16 December 2014

(Note: This blog was first written in February 2013 and referred to the 2007 programme (for last exams in 2015). See the update added at the... more

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