Chemistry KS3 & KS4/GCSE: The atomic structure of metal
Metals have advantages over many other substances for they are hard but can be reshaped.
Their crystalline structure allows them to be 'worked' to make them stronger.
Mark Miodownik describes the advantages that metal had over earlier substances used by humans such as rock and bone, and uses a computer animation to outline the lattice arrangement of atoms that make them both malleable and strong.
This clip is from Materials: How They Work.
The clip could be uses as a general introduction to the history of metals and their use by man.
Following the clip, students could extract copper from copper oxide using carbon.
Compare the extraction of copper shown in the clip with the extraction and refining of metals through electrolysis.
These clips will be relevant for teaching Chemistry at KS3 and GCSE/KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/5 or Higher in Scotland.
The topics discussed will support OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC GCSE in GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 and Higher in Scotland.