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National 1

Though there will be National 1 courses produced, equivalent to Access 1, these are rarely used in mainstream schools. On this website Level 1 will refer to courses normally taught to 11/12 year old pupils in first year of Secondary school.

- KS3 || - K9

National 2

Though there will be National 2 courses produced, equivalent to Access 2, these are rarely used in mainstream schools. On this website Level 2 will refer to courses normally taught to 12/13 year old pupils in second year of Secondary school.

- KS3 || - K9

National 3

Though National 3 Qualifications may be used with older pupils, the content is very much at the Introduction to Chemistry level and could be used with pupils S1-S3 (11 - 14yrs).

- KS3 || - K9

National 4

National 4 is the beginning of more specialised Chemistry teaching. Internally assessed mainly. Pupils S3/4 (14/15yrs).

- KS3 || - K9

National 5

Is a specialised Chemistry course designed to take pupils onto Higher level. Externally assessed. Pupils S3/4 (14/15/16yrs).

- KS4 || - K10

Higher

This is the specialised Chemistry course which provides the entrance requirement for many Further Education courses. S5 (16/17 years).

- AS || - K11

Advanced Higher

This overlaps with early stages of Degree courses. Though not essential, this course is aimed at those seriously considering studying Chemistry or related subjects at University. S6 (17/18 years).

- A2 || - K12

Mixed Bag

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Searching For Resources

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N5ChemTutor App

N5ChemTutor for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

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Updates

Monday, 11 Sep 2017

I'm presently writing Topic 5 - Calculations and Topic 6 - Acids and Bases (working titles, may change).

At that point I'll be rebranding the App as N5ChemTutor1 and will start charging a modest fee for the App. If I achieve sufficient sales, then I will be able to start on N5ChemTutor2.

Monday, 01 May 2017

N5ChemTutor App (1.4.1) is under review and should appear on App store in next few days.
This included Topic 4 - Structure & Bonding



Good luck to those sitting Chemistry Exams on 8th May!
Wednesday, 16 Nov 2016

N5ChemTutor App (1.3.1) was launched on App store.
This included Topic 3 - Formula & Equation Writing

Friday, 02 Sept 2016

N5ChemTutor App (1.2.1) was launched on App store.
This included Topic 2 - Atomic Structure and Nuclear Chemistry

Monday, 06 June 2016

N5ChemTutor App (1.1.3) was launched on App store.
This included Topic 1 - Reaction Rates and Investigation Skills

Equation Writing Videos

Formula & Equation Writing

This is an updated & extended version of some resources I developed in 2011 to give some Equation Writing practice a more interesting context. I used it originally with an S3 class (14/15 years) but I'm attempting to provide 3 different levels / stages so should be flexible enough to tailor to a variety of ages.

The original resources were posted on the TES Resources Website and have generated some very positive comments.

I've also included some Flash 'warm up' games (only work on Desktops).

The Videos are available to download in various formats but, for the highest quality, I recommend downloading the packaged Flash versions (Mac or PC).

Formula Writing levels

This is a tentative attempt to rationalise levels of Formula Writing taking into account the divisions previously used for Standard Grade and the (as yet) vague descriptions contained in the new National documents.

Starting Off

Should only involve simple two-element compounds but including the use of prefixes (what I call "Rule Breakers" in my notes). No mention of Roman Numerals but I'm going to include some in this category - otherwise the choice of reactions is too limited.

Pupils at this level would not be expected to balance equations but these would be appropriate as 'easier' examples for Balancing Equations once pupils progress to that level.

Going Further

More than two elements - introducing Groups, but avoiding reactions which require brackets is the rationale here. Balancing equations should generally be straightforward.

However, there is still scope for more complicated examples of Balanced Equations to crop up.

For the Enthusiast

Brackets around Groups will feature more in these reactions as well as more difficult Balancing of equations. Less commom chemicals - less familiar formulae perhaps.

Also suitable as Revision exercises for older pupils needing to refresh their skills.

Flash Activities

The first 3 Activities are really just for Fun. Educationally - they can help, at the early stages of Formula Writing, with learning Symbols and Bonding Powers. The final Tab will host my Formula Writing & Equation Writing Notes as well as Bonding Power Sheets etc.

Chemistry Symbols - Line Game

This is a common type of game where the idea is to clear all the tiles by clicking on linked pairs. Symbols are linked if they can be connected by no more than 3 straight lines. There are 5 different levels but, realistically, only level 5 will present any difficulty to pupils old enough to be learning to write Formulae and Equations.

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Bonding Power - Pairs game 1

A simple variation on the old Memory game. This first game uses simpler Bonding Power pictures.

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Bonding Power - Pairs Game 2

A simple variation on the old Memory game. This second game uses slightly more complex Bonding Power pictures, including different bonding powers for the same element.

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Video Gallery

There are multiple copies which should ensure that they work with most Browsers, most Systems and most Devices. They also have the advantage that they can be played full screen. Videos can be downloaded in the different formats. The original SWF (Flash) versions - best quality available - can also be dowloaded - packaged for Mac or PC.

'Starting Off' Videos Set 1

Should only involve simple two-element compounds but including the use of prefixes (what I call "Rule Breakers" in my notes). No mention of Roman Numerals but I'm going to include some in this category - otherwise the choice of reactions is too limited. Pupils at this level would not be expected to balance equations but these would be appropriate as 'easier' examples for Balancing Equations once pupils progress to that level.

Aluminium With Bromine


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Magnesium With Dry Ice


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Sulphur With Oxygen


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'Going Further' Videos Set 1

More than two elements - introducing Groups, but avoiding reactions which require brackets is the rationale here. Balancing equations should generally be straightforward. However, there is still scope for more complicated examples of Balanced Equations to crop up.

Gummy Bear With Potassium Chlorate


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Charcoal With Potassium Nitrate


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Decomposition of Copper (II) Carbonate


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'For The Enthusiast' Videos Set 1

Brackets around Groups will feature more in these reactions as well as more difficult Balancing of equations. Less commom chemicals - less familiar formulae perhaps. Also suitable as Revision exercises for older pupils needing to refresh their skills.

Copper With Nitric Acid


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Precipitation of Lead(II) Iodide


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Alkali Earth (Calcium) With Water


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'Starting Off' Videos Set 2

Should only involve simple two-element compounds but including the use of prefixes (what I call "Rule Breakers" in my notes). No mention of Roman Numerals but I'm going to include some in this category - otherwise the choice of reactions is too limited. Pupils at this level would not be expected to balance equations but these would be appropriate as 'easier' examples for Balancing Equations once pupils progress to that level.

Zinc With Hydrochloric Acid


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Iron With Sulphur


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Aluminium With Chlorine


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'Going Further' Videos Set 2

More than two elements - introducing Groups, but avoiding reactions which require brackets is the rationale here. Balancing equations should generally be straightforward. However, there is still scope for more complicated examples of Balanced Equations to crop up.

Decomposition of Iron(II) Sulphate


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Dichromate Volcano


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Going Further Video 6


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'For The Enthusiast' Videos Set 2

Brackets around Groups will feature more in these reactions as well as more difficult Balancing of equations. Less commom chemicals - less familiar formulae perhaps. Also suitable as Revision exercises for older pupils needing to refresh their skills.

Displacement Of Silver By Copper


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Enthusiast Video 5


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Enthusiast Video 6


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'Starting Off' Videos Set 3

Should only involve simple two-element compounds but including the use of prefixes (what I call "Rule Breakers" in my notes). No mention of Roman Numerals but I'm going to include some in this category - otherwise the choice of reactions is too limited. Pupils at this level would not be expected to balance equations but these would be appropriate as 'easier' examples for Balancing Equations once pupils progress to that level.

Thermite - Displacement of Iron


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Sodium With Chlorine


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Starting Off Video 9


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