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Amazing materials from rearranged carbon atoms

Explore the different forms (allotropes) of the chemical element carbon. You will be surprised at how different the allotropes are.Meet key scientists, such as Harry Kroto, who have made amazing discoveries about new forms of carbon. Visualise how the atoms and outer electrons are arranged in different forms, so you can ...

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Structures and Bonding

This simulation allows students to explore the chemical reactions between hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen and chlorine. They can form water, carbon dioxide, hydrochloric acid, ammonia and methane. Word and chemical equations are provided. The diagrams distinguish single, double and triple bonds and shapes of molecules.

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Types of matter: solids, liquids and gases

Select samples from an outdoor setting. Magnify the substances to atomic level so that the particles they consist of can be seen. Sort the substances into groups based on how the particles are arranged and how they move. Classify the substances as solids, liquids or gases. For example, classify argon as a gas and ice as ...

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Types of matter: solids, liquids and gases [ESL]

Select samples from an outdoor setting. Magnify the substances to atomic level so that the particles they consist of can be seen. Sort the substances into groups based on how the particles are arranged and how they move. Classify the substances as solids, liquids or gases. For example, classify argon as a gas and ice as ...

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T Warburton token penny, 1862

This is a round copper token featuring the name, business and address of the issuer: T Warburton / Iron and Zinc Spouting Works / 11 Little Bourke St West / Melbourne. The reverse shows a wheat sheaf bound with cord standing in a field. Above this scene is 'Advance Australia' and below it the year. The token has a diameter ...

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Nuclear fusion future

Visit the world's largest nuclear fusion reactor, which uses the same process as the Sun to produce energy. Look at the new advances in fusion technology which mean, for the first time, a fusion reactor should now be able to produce more energy than it consumes. It offers a future alternative energy source, but is not without ...

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Getting iron out of breakfast cereal

You probably know your body needs iron and that you can get it from the foods you eat. Join the Surfing Scientist team as they attempt to extract iron from a bowl of breakfast cereal. What method do you think they will use?

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Graphene: the new wonder material

Graphene is perhaps the most significant new material produced in recent years. It has many potential applications in electrical devices, biomedical technology and solar energy. Graphene is a form (allotrope) of carbon with some special chemical and physical properties. Watch this clip to explore the molecular structure, ...

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Slime emergency

Restart the engine of a spaceship. Identify four materials that can be used as a liquid fuel. Test the state of materials at different temperatures.

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Mine rescue

Rescue three miners trapped by fire. Select and test gases to find out which gas will put out the fire and which gas the miners can breathe.

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Types of matter: elements and compounds

Select samples from an outdoor setting. Magnify the substances to atomic level so that the particles they consist of can be seen. Sort the substances into groups based on how the particles are arranged. Classify the substances as elements or compounds. For example, classify mercury as an element, and aspirin as a compound. ...

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Metal munchers: assessment

Assess your ability to make predictions and explain your observations. Protect a spaceship from metal-munching aliens by identifying metals to feed to them. Perform tests on a range of everyday materials to discover which are metals. For example, test whether wool will conduct electricity. Explain which tests are most useful ...

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Marie Curie in her laboratory, 1921

This is a black-and-white photograph of the scientist Marie Curie, taken in 1921 in her laboratory at the Institut du Radium (Radium Institute) in Paris. Curie is looking at a small round-bottomed flask that she is holding in one hand. In the other hand she is holding a larger round-bottomed flask fitted with a stopper ...

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Using 'Metal munchers: assessment' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea includes video footage showing how a teacher uses the interactive assessment object L7557 'Metal munchers: assessment' to test year 5-6 students' understanding of the properties of metals. It describes and provides access to the interactive digital resource used in the classroom, along with other relevant ...

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Australia's mineral wealth, 1934 - asset 11

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white film titled 'Mineral wealth', produced by Australian Government Film Products in 1934 to highlight Australia's mineral wealth. The commentary is backed by light organ music. The first scene shows two miners clambering into an underground chamber. The following scene shows miners ...

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Australia's mineral wealth, 1934 - asset 12

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white film titled 'Mineral wealth', produced by Australian Government Film Products in 1934 to highlight Australia's mineral wealth. The commentary is backed by light organ music. In the first scene miners shovel ore down a shaft in the Broken Hill mine. The ore falls into small wagons ...

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Metal munchers: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Metal munchers: assessment' (L7557). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the interpretation of student input related to performing tests on a range of everyday materials to discover which are metals. ...

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Rock recipes

Explore the different types of minerals inside rocks. See that most rock-forming minerals are made up of just two common elements. Discover that most minerals are made up of the same basic building blocks put together in different ways, and that this can explain some of their properties.

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The Reaction of Metals with Acid

Students use this simulation to learn that react with hydrochloric acid to produce salt and hydrogen and find out how to test for hydrogen gas. The notice that sodium reacts violently and that magnesium reacts more quickly than zinc but that the hydrogen gas test is positive for both. Word equations are provided for all reactions.

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Tough zirconium - but what's its secret side?

The element zirconium is often used for its tough, abrasive properties. It also has a secret side. View this clip (developed by students for the 2013 Sleek Geeks Eureka Science Schools Prize competition), which highlights the properties and uses of zirconium in a highly visual and fun way.