An online lesson plan, supported by video clips, which includes the extraction, properties and uses of metals.
A video tutorial with accompanying notes to show you how to safely electrolyse a molten ionic compound, demonstrating that it conducts electricity and decomposes.
A video tutorial, with accompanying notes, showing a method that can be used to reduce copper oxide to produce copper.
An engaging cartoon that covers extraction of metals, properties of metals and alloys. There is a n interactive quiz at the end.
An entertaining and comprehensive cartoon which covers ions, electrolysis, purification of copper and the chlor-alkali industry.
An engaging cartoon which compares steel and aluminium in the production of cars. Rusting is also covered.
This webpage links to revision notes, multiple choice questions and exam-style questions, all focused on the extraction of metals.
A short revision video about electrolysis, with a particular focus on electroplating.
This experiment enables students to model how alloying can be used to change the properties of a metal. Plasticine is used to represent the metal and it is mixed with sand to represent the alloy. This models steel (mixture of iron and carbon). The ductility is measured in a simple test. The practical is suitable for students of all abilities and can remain at the level of observation or be extended to explain the properties of alloys. Teacher notes, apparatus list, student guidance and safety points are included.
In this investigation, students observe how atmospheric conditions effect the corrosion of a range of metals. Airtight containers are set up containing dry air, moist air, and air polluted by sulfur dioxide. The corrosion of each metal is observed over a number of days and students are then challenged to consider possible ways of preventing corrosion. Teacher notes, apparatus list, student guidance and safety points are included.
This practical activity models the extraction of copper from malachite, which is a copper ore consisting of copper(II) carbonate. In the school laboratory, copper is extracted from copper(II) carbonate by first heating to form copper(II) oxide and then reducing to produce the metal. Teacher notes, apparatus list, student guidance and safety points are included.
A selection of quizzes on the extraction of metals.
Three simple but useful activities on the uses of electrolysis.
A summary of how many metals can be extracted by reduction, the properties of metals and what they are used for. Alloys are also covered.
A clear and simple summary of rusting.
A clear and concise summary of metallic bonding.
A simple summary of superconductors, their uses and limitations.
A concise summary of the reduction of copper ore and the purification of copper by electrolysis.
A simple summary of electrolysis.
A page of revision notes that summarises how electrolysis is used to purify copper and to process brine.
A series of pages that revises electrolysis, including redox, predicting products, half equations and examples of industrial processes.
A summary of the structure, bonding and properties of ionic, covalent and metallic solids.
A summary of the blast furnace including the symbol equations.
A concise explanation of how aluminium is extracted using electrolysis.
A concise summary of rusting, with an animated experiment.
A comprehensive summary of how metals react with other substances and how a reactivity series can be constructed.