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This activity is an interactive presentation which aims to build on students’ understanding of atomic theory and the periodic table, chemical reactions and the analysis of substances in a working analytical environment within a National Facility. Mass Spectrometry is shown in action, identifying the compounds in a common painkiller tablet. at Swansea University

Mass Spectrometry: What’s in my painkiller? Lecture

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This activity is an interactive presentation which aims to build on students’ understanding of atomic theory and the periodic table, chemical reactions and the analysis of substances in a working analytical environment within a National Facility. Mass Spectrometry is shown in action, identifying the compounds in a common painkiller tablet.
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This activity is an interactive presentation which aims to build on students’ understanding of atomic theory and the periodic table, chemical reactions and the analysis of substances in a working analytical environment within a National Facility. Mass Spectrometry is shown in action, identifying the compounds in a common painkiller tablet straight from the blister pack. Combined with chromatography, this hands-on activity will provide the student with an understanding of the principles of separations chemistry and mass spectrometry and how they are used by analytical chemists to identify and measure tiny amounts of chemicals in a variety of media e.g. pollutants in water or in air, banned substances in the blood of athletes, contaminants in food.

Students will learn:
1. To consolidate their own learning through applying their skills and knowledge in other contexts and situations.
2. The relationship between data, evidence, theories and explanations and to develop their practical, problem-solving and enquiry skills.
3. To appreciate the practical nature of analytical chemistry, acquiring experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques.
4. To relate scientific ideas to the information about them, including current issues.
5. To appreciate how the work of a scientist has social, industrial, technological, environmental and economic consequences for the community.

Location: Campus
Available in Welsh: Under development
Preparation required: None
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Available dates
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Suitable for
Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 4 (Students aged 14-16)
Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 5 (Students aged 16-18)
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