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Trish McKeen, Sentinel Secondary School, West Vancouver, BC sent in this winning photo of her chemistry class’s thermite extravaganza.
By the 21st Century, one would think that the chemistry of common inorganic compounds would be firmly established. Not necessarily so! A good example is the existence — or non-existence — of lithium hydrogen carbonate.
Undergraduate chemistry students the world over are commonly taught by attending laboratories, tutorials and lectures. At the University of Toronto, most first-year life science students are required to take two introductory courses which deal with physical principles and organic chemistry respectively.
Versions of a multi-part series of laboratories involving the synthesis and analysis of potassium tris(oxalato)ferrate(III) trihydrate (the “green crystal” labs) have been used in college-level general chemistry courses since at least the 1970s.