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Why does sodium chloride dissolve?

I recently came across a question on Twitter about sodium chloride (salt) dissolving in water. The question was effectively: “If the bonds between the Na+ and Cl- ions are so strong, why is water able to break these bonds?”  There are probably several ways to answer this question and the most satisfying will probably involve... Continue Reading →

Using a Chemistry Glossary

In this short post, I will briefly discuss how I use a glossary of chemistry terms to support student learning. You can find the glossary here. Feel free to make a copy and use as you see fit (please note that it is a live document and so is constantly updated as I teach!). Why... Continue Reading →

War journalism is a well known and historical profession. Images of reporters risking their lives to report from conflict zones are known to many. However, this type of journalism is often propaganda like in delivery, focuses on the violence (and sometimes glamorises it), focuses on the suffering of one side and the actions of elites,... Continue Reading →

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