The products of mining—metals, minerals, and fuels—are essential to our everyday lives. But the waste by-products from mining processes, called tailings, can be highly toxic. Using the 2014 Mount Polley Mine tailings dam and its catastrophic release of toxic chemical mixtures into the environment as an example, this video explores the make-up of mixtures, identifying the differences between solutions, colloids and suspensions. Complemented by clear graphics, it is essential viewing for students of chemistry. Show Less
From water to table salt, we safely come into contact with countless chemical compounds every day. But compounds can also be deadly. Using Turkish President Turgut Özal’s death and eventual autopsy as real-life context, this video examines the chemical and structural qualities of compounds—in particular, the toxic pesticide known as DDT. Complemented by clear graphics, it is essential viewing for students of chemistry. Show Less
A poisoned umbrella and a forensic investigation … using an unusual and as-yet-unsolved true crime as a launching place, this video shows that the chemistry of matter matters. Elements, as represented on the periodic table, are made up of only one type of atom. Using mercury – and mercury poisoning – as an example, this video examines the chemical and structural qualities of elements and the anomalies that make mercury unusual. Complemented by clear graphics, it is essential viewing for students of chemistry. Show Less
This programme is about seawater. It is the most important liquid on Earth, not only from its sheer volume, but also because it has remarkable qualities. A few of them, like buoyancy, are common to all liquids - but seawater is also the cradle of life. Three key factors of water underpin life in the sea: water’s dissolving power, its tendency to keep a stable temperature, and its transparency to light. This programme explains the mechanisms and the outcomes of these key facts—and other things—that make seawater both weird and wonderful. Show Less
Newton’s Third Law of Motion states that to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Newton’s Universal Law of Gravitation is equivalent to his Third Law of Motion in the sense that any two objects in the universe attract each other with forces which are equal in magnitude and opposite in direction. Show Less
The elements in the Periodic Table are roughly divided into metals, metalloids and non - metals. There are seven periods in the Periodic Table. The vertical columns in a Periodic Table are called groups and there are 18 groups in the Periodic Table.
The groups in the Periodic Table are arranged vertically. There are 18 groups in the Periodic Table. All the elements in one group have the same electronic configuration and hence the same number of valence electrons and the same valency.
The chemical reactivity of metals increases from the top to the bottom in a group, while the chemical reactivity of non-metals decreases as we move down in the group. On moving down in a group of the Periodic Table, there is no change in the nature of the oxides of the elements. Show Less
Fats are the nutrients which provide almost double the amount of energy as compared to carbohydrates. All types of oils and nuts, butter, milk and meat are excellent sources of fats. When eaten in excess, fats get stored in the liver, under the skin, and around the heart and the kidneys where it interferes with the normal functioning of these organs, leading to various diseases. Show Less
Moderately reactive metals are extracted from their metal oxides by the process called reduction. The reduction of metal oxides, by heating with carbon, in the form of coke, is called smelting, and the reduction of metal oxides to metal, using aluminium, is called an aluminothermite reaction. Show Less
Coal is a fossil fuel and mainly consists of carbon and small amounts of hydrogen, sulphur, oxygen and nitrogen. Heating coal, in the absence of air, is known as destructive distillation of coal. It yields various useful products like coke, coal gas, coal tar, and ammoniacal liquor. Show Less
On moving down in a group of the periodic table, the metallic character of the elements increases while their non-metallic character decreases. Metals have a tendency to lose electrons to form positive ions and are hence known as electropositive elements, while non-metals have tendency to gain electrons to form negative ions and hence are known as electronegative elements. Show Less
Liquids have a fixed volume but no fixed shape. The spaces between the particles in liquids are almost the same as in solids. However, the particles in liquids are free to move. The speed of the movement of the molecules in a liquid decreases with a decrease in temperature, and increases with an increase in temperature. Show Less
How is chemical equilibrium important for making ammonia? This video demonstrates how an understanding of chemical equilibrium and Le Chatelier’s principle is applied in the Haber-Bosch Process, making the production of ammonia more efficient. Clear explanations of the theory behind the process make this essential viewing for senior secondary chemistry students. Show Less
What happens when you add more product to an equilibrium? This video demonstrates how an increase in products affects reaction rates in accordance with Le Chatelier’s principle. Students will observe how the appearance of a solution of sodium chloride changes when products are added. Footage of a real lab demonstration makes this essential viewing for senior secondary chemistry students. Show Less
What is an equilibrium constant and how do we work it out? This video explains various aspects of the equilibrium constant, including what it is, how to calculate it and how it can be affected by other factors like temperature and pressure. Easy-to-understand explanations and worked-through examples of Kc calculations make this essential viewing for senior secondary chemistry students. Show Less