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Precious metals

Why are some metals prized more for jewellery than others? Listen to presenter Bernie Hobbs explain the chemical reaction that affects the look and durability of metals. Using the periodic table and some dazzling computer graphics, Bernie demonstrates why 'oxygen-proof, low-reactivity, transition metals' such as gold keep ...


Uses of mineral sands

Find out what minerals can be found in beach sands and why they are important to us. This is a PowerPoint presentation about sand minerals and the products derived from them. It deals with the origin and deposition of the mineral deposits, the properties of the minerals zircon, rutile and ilmenite and their uses as well ...

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Mining helps make your house

Find out how much your lifestyle depends on mining. In this interactive activity students select common household items and materials such as mobile phones and carpet to access facts about each item. The facts include such details as chemical nature, properties and uses as well as information about the item's origins in ...


Metal reactivity

Identify metals based on their reactivity with metal ions in solution. This is an activity sheet providing instructions for an experiment based on the 'Metal reactivity' series. It includes a blank data table and a photograph of the experimental set-up.

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Identifying metals and non-metals - teacher resource

This resource is a professional learning package designed for pre-service teachers. It demonstrates and investigates the interrelated content, pedagogy and technology knowledge used in a series of science lessons that focus on the properties of metals and non-metals. The resource provides video footage of a teacher teaching ...

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Shrinking and expanding metals

Explore with the Surfing Scientist team what happens when metals are heated and cooled. Find out what happens to a metal ring when it is immersed in extremely cold liquid nitrogen. What do hinges on the Sydney Harbour Bridge have to do with all this? Find out.

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Digging up Earth's resources

Watch how resources are dug out of the ground and used in the construction of materials all around us. Discover how we rely on geology and the extraction of Earth's mineral and petrochemical products in our daily lives.

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Geologists survey the Earth's crust for minerals

Follow geologists as they explore the rocks that lie beneath the Earth's surface. When possible, geologists explore caves in person. Other times they choose to drill or dig. See the devices they use to scan the terrain before they even start drilling or digging.

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Reaction of Metals with Acid

Students use this resource consisting of four slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand that metals react with acid to produce salt and hydrogen and find out how to test for hydrogen gas. The reactivity series of metals is demonstrated. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.


The Reactivity Series of metals

Students use this simulation to investigate the differences between potassium, sodium, iron and gold in reactivity with water in the construction of a bridge. Teachers have to explain how the reactivity series of metals can be determined by considering their reaction with oxygen, water and acid, and how to use the reactivity ...

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Students use this resource consisting of ten slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand the properties of metals that distinguish them from non-metals. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.


Displacement Reactions

Students use this interactive to test five metals in an iron sulfate solution to see if a reaction will occur and understand that more reactive metals such as magnesium, aluminium and zinc will displace less reactive ones such as iron from their compounds.

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Uses of some Elements

Students use this resource consisting of ten slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand that the properties of some metals relate to how they are used. It also explains why alloys have been produced and how they are used. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.