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Stepping up to chemistry

Posted on 24 August 2012

In collaboration with our students we have produced a new online resource for pre-university students

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Stepping up to Chemistry is a web resource aimed at pre-university students, prior to starting their course here at York. Developed in collaboration with our students, this material is designed to help students with topics that are generally found to be the most difficult (based on student feedback) and to ease the transition to university. We also help it will prove useful to our students during their first year of study.

Topics include quantitative chemistry, laboratory practicals, atoms, ions and quanta, and energetics. For each topic, alongside an introduction, there are sections that include a summary of key points, useful texts and web resources, worked examples, and practice problems with outline answers, including video clips showing walkthroughs of selected answers.

We thank our undergraduate chemists who helped develop this project, in particular, Katie Lee who instigated the project and Elizabeth Wilcock who expanded the material and added to it to the web. Katie developed the material as part of a project in the third year of her BSc degree, while Elizabeth was awarded a student internship to further develop the project over the summer between the second and third year of her Chemistry degree.