Chemistry KS3 & GCSE: How the Romans invented concrete

Mark Miodownik explores how the Romans produced the first concrete.

He works with science historian, Chris Brandon, to recreate the way Romans made concrete using volcanic ash, quicklime and water.

Microscopy and animations are used to explain the structure and properties of concrete, and the chemical changes that take place.

This clip is from Materials: How They Work.

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Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Chemistry at KS3/GCSE Level. This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.

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