Archive for the ‘Chemistry’ Category

Wednesday – Post number two: Revision

May 8, 2013

Video from Tyler Dewitt on Youtube – Writing formulae for ionic compounds. Visit his channel for more useful Chemistry videos.

Wednesday – 2 posts. One amazing. One revision

May 8, 2013

IBM have made the World’s Smallest Movie  by pushing carbon atoms around with a scanning tunnelling microscope. It’s called ‘A boy and his atom’ and here it is:

Wednesday – The sharp end of the year

April 24, 2013

With the exams approaching, you can expect to see more revision themed posts from me. And I was intending to start that trend about now; however, a couple of really interesting stories in the news caught my eye and I was distracted:

Via the BBC – Wildlife experts are due to discuss the reintroduction of bears (once a native species) into the Scottish Highlands. Click the pic for a full story.

From New Scientist – A miracle material that looks like a liquid yet shatters like glass and happens to be called Oobleck! Once again a quick click takes you to the full story.

And finally, bringing things back to revision, feel free to tweet me (@MFEbden) with any questions about your exam prep.

Thursday – Happy… Thursday!

February 14, 2013

Good thing my new year’s resolution wasn’t to produce more blog posts! I would’ve failed miserably. Lots of revision on the cards from here on in though and I intend to use this blog and my Twitter as much as possible to help out with that.
Starting today with a video that should give you A-level chemists a few hints on how to determine shapes of molecules:

The star of the video is an American scientist and teacher called Tyler Dewitt. He’s got lots more great videos on various topics on his Youtube channel.

Tuesday – I’ve been a bit busy…

February 5, 2013

Very sorry, as usual, for not posting too frequently. Lots going on and v little time to blog so to speak…

We went to London and saw this man:

Professor Lord Robert Winston

And we also went to the University of Greenwich to use their extremely expensive chemistry equipment – massive thanks to them!

A really amazing campus, great people and impressive labs

Wednesday – Another post?!

December 12, 2012

Just had to post a link to this great website:

Have a look at some amazing materials!

A superb site from the folks at UCL about materials science that showcases some amazingly futuristic ‘stuff’.

Wednesday – A flurry of activity!

November 14, 2012

I’d be the first to admit that I don’t post as often as I wold like to but when I do get round to posting… I like to think it’s worth waiting for!

The Amazing World Clock from Poodwaddle – displays some fascinating data in a really eye-opening way

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Learning Site – Is packed full of useful resources for Chemistry students of all ages

Also – on the topic of the RSC: There’s a public lecture on the chemistry of drug discovery at the Duke of York’s School in Dover tonight. I’ll see you there!

 

Wednesday – Thanks Ben!

November 7, 2012

Amazing materials chemistry from the Periodic Table Videos team at the University of Nottingham.

Friday – Global James Bond Day!!

October 5, 2012
Timothy Dalton as James Bond

“The name’s Bond, Ionic Bond – Taken not shared!”

Monday – Olympic spirit for everyone doing exams!

May 28, 2012


IBM Research Labs' Olympic Molecule

The above image shows an AFM image of the molecule Olympicene, which was first synthesised at the University of Warwick after the RSC commissioned chemists there to make it in celebration of the London Olympics!

Hopefully the sight of this and news of such superb chemistry will encourage those of you with exams left to sit! Best of luck!