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The LabSkills products consist of numerous simulations a few of which are provided below to give you a flavour of the product. LabSkills simulations are focused, memorable activities that can be practised over and again. They allow students to work at their own pace, providing additional help and feedback for those students who require it but allowing confident students to progress quickly and reinforce their understanding.

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Setting up equipment
Estimating population size
  • Estimate population size with and without using mark, release and recapture
  • Compare estimates with and without using mark, release and recapture
  • Understand why mark, release and capture is used

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Taking accurate readings
Determining cell size
  • Practice using eyepiece graticule
  • Determine distance represented by each division on graticule
  • Calculate actual size of cell
  • Students can practice many times

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Finding an endpoint
Recording results
  • Choose suitable type of results table
  • Give columns suitable headings
  • Include units in correct format, where appropriate
  • Students can practice many times with different investigations

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The full biology resource contains numerous engaging activities including...

Biological techniques:
Potometry
Respirometry
Spirometry
Sampling in the field

Biochemical techniques:
Food tests
Chromatography
Colorimetry
Centrifugation
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Microscopy:
Preparing and viewing microscope slides
Measuring structures
Drawing from a microscope
Counting cells

Recording and analysing data:
Accuracy and precision
Contructing results tables
Mathematical concepts
Plotting graphs
Statistics

Setting up equipment
Setting up equipment
  • Optimise the set-up of a burette
  • Test safety considerations
  • Use as a pre-lab exercise for students to gain confidence in setting up equipment

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Taking accurate readings
Taking accurate readings
  • Practise taking burette readings to nearest
    0.05 cm³
  • Students can practise many times

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Finding an endpoint
Finding an endpoint
  • How to run a titration - use as practice before doing it in the lab
  • Use of a rough titration
  • Identifying an end point
  • Using dropwise additions when close to end point
  • Use of a titration table to record results

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Doing titration calculations
Doing titration calculations
  • Run through a calculation step by step
  • Understand where the different values come from
  • Taking data from a titration table
  • Understanding concomitant results

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The full chemistry resource contains more than 200 practice activities including...

Commonly examined experiments:
Reflux
Recrystallisation
Filtration
Titration
Distillation

Key maths calculations:
Moles
Concentration
Yield
Reaction rates
Equilibrium constants
Errors

Important chemical tests:
Organic functional groups
Inorganic ions
Transition metals
Flame tests

Modern analysis methods:
Infra red (IR) spectroscopy
Mass spectrometry (MS)
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy