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The Expert Scientist Book 3

Physics, chemistry and biology activities to make sense of our place in the world

The Expert Scientist Book 3 dives into the layers of the Earth and the world of hands-on experiments, developing students' investigative skills as they uncover a mine of information about the chemistry, physics and biology of our planet's air, water and metals.

Ages: 13-14 | Pages: 60 | Code: 51079 | ISBN: 9781776555369

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Brenda Greene

Brenda Greene gained an MSc from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand and worked as a scientist, publishing papers on the genetics and conservation of New Zealand birds. She gained a Diploma in Teaching and Learning from Canterbury University, and taught science at the Orana Wildlife Park and in Christchurch secondary schools. She enjoys hands-on science, and is always inventing new experiments for her students to do.


Important note: Health and safety disclaimer4
Our unique Earth5
Inside Earth5
Layers of Earth quiz10
Metal mania11
Mining metal mixtures11
Mixing metals13
Desert island survival15
Separating mixtures – jigsaw revision18
Physical vs chemical change21
Getting started with chemical reactions23
Focus on alkali metals and water24
MASH with metals and acids26
MASH exit cards28
Oxidation of metals – the fast way29
Oxidation of metals – the slow way31
Things that go boom!32
Soluble vs insoluble35
Miscible vs immiscible36
Dissolving and evaporating crystals37
Try your hand at paper chromatography38
Saltwater mixture vs pure fresh water40
Water cohesion42
At boiling point44
The air we respire47
Respiration quiz49
The way we work50
Hot potato50
Working style quiz51
Selected answers56