Blogging has given me a new set of skills. Now that I’m applying for an industrial placement, I’m wondering how this will benefit me in a working environment. Five years ago, student author Hayley Russell started a
As chemists, we often need to dilute solutions from a stock solution. Although dilution calculations can seem like a bit of a pain at first – once you’ve got them down you’ll be diluting your samples in no
With a new semester rolling around, a new opportunity will arise. Course organizers will soon be asking students to volunteer as class rep. It’s a great opportunity to add to your CV, develop some transferable skills, and get to know your
Flame tests are a very easy way to distinguish between ionic metal salts. Learning how to interpret their results is an important skill for chemistry students. When energy is applied (in this case from the flame) electrons in the metal
Recrystallisation is one of the most common techniques used in chemistry to purify a compound. Choosing your solvent When conducting a recrystallisation it is very important that you select the correct solvent. If you are following a procedure, it will
Tutorials, labs, and lectures can quickly build up as the academic year progresses and things get more intense. Labs are 30% of your final chemistry 2 marks, so it’s important that you take them seriously.