Science Enhancement Course:
Provisional Workshop Descriptions
Topic 1: The Periodic Table Forces
An introduction to the essential tool in Balanced and unbalanced forces.
teaching chemistry at all levels. Weight, pressure, torque and friction
Groups, families, atoms and bonding.
Topic 2: Particles and elements, compounds and Waves, light and sound
Particle theory, S, L & G. Techniques Light and seeing. Reflection and
for separating mixtures. refraction. Sound and hearing.
Topic 3: Chemical reactions Energy resources and transfer
Metals and non-metal – classification, Models of energy. Energy resources,
reactions. Reactivity series. transfer and conservation. Heat and
Topic 4: Acids and Bases Earth and beyond
Defining acids and bases. Solar system, annual and daily
Neutralisation and pH scale. Reactions changes. Celestial bodies and relative
with metals and carbonates. sizes. Timescales.
Topic 5: Physical changes Electricity
Change of state, solubility. Series and parallel circuits. Charge,
Conversation of mass. current and potential difference.
Resistance and Ohm’s law.
Topic 6: Chemical reactions Electricity and magnetism
Oxidation, reduction, neutralization, Mains electricity and safety. Heating
thermal decomposition. effect and power. Magnets and
Topic 7: The Groups in the Periodic Table Radioactivity
General treatment and then more Radioactive decay, ionising radiation
detailed work with Groups 0, 1 and 7. and half-life. Harmfulness and benefits.
Topic 8: Products from Ores and Rocks Energy and materials
Useful minerals. Principles of extraction Convection, conduction and radiation.
of metals. Change of state. Work, energy and
Topic 9: Rates of Reaction Forces and motion
Effect of temperature, concentration and Distance, speed and time. Velocity,
catalyst. Simulated coursework acceleration and force. Graphical
Topic 10: Carbon Chemistry Waves and the e.m. spectrum
Formation of fossil fuels. Separation of Dispersion of light. E.m. waves and
crude oil. Hydrocarbons and their uses. applications. Seismic waves.