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The chemistry of fireworks

The chemistry of fireworks Creative commons image Credit: Jonathan Chen under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
Ever wondered about the science behind fireworks? 

Influential women scientists in chemistry

Influential women scientists in chemistry Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Oct 2014
Women have played a significant role in the areas of chemistry, the environment and health. Here are just a few examples.

Obtaining graphene from graphite

Obtaining graphene from graphite Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Sep 2014
Discover how graphene, the thinnest material known, can be extrated from graphite, a form of carbon

Science experiment: The density tower

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Science experiment: The density tower Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Aug 2014
In this video, the OU's Janet Sumner shows you how to conduct a simple density tower experiment using everyday household liquids.

Sherry is not just for Christmas

Sherry is not just for Christmas Copyrighted image Credit: Javarman | Dreamstime.com
Updated 03 Jun 2014
OU organic chemistry Professor Peter Taylor explains why Jerez’s finest export is too good to left gathering dust while waiting for Christmas to...

Solid, Liquid, Mash: Why deciding what's a liquid isn't that simple

Solid, Liquid, Mash: Why deciding what's a liquid isn't that simple Creative commons image Credit: Ivana Sokolović under CC-BY licence
Updated 14 Apr 2014
When a traveller was stopped from taking mash on to a plane, the TSA may have been acknowledging the difficulty of  defining exactly what a...

Powering cars with coffee

Powering cars with coffee Copyrighted image Credit: Paseven | Dreamstime.com
Updated 03 Apr 2014
After you've perked yourself up, could your coffee grounds power your car as well?

Sniffing out disease

Sniffing out disease Copyrighted image Credit: Jevgenia Issakova | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Dec 2013
Waving a tricorder in the air to tell what was wrong with a patient might be science fiction, but Dr Claire Turner believes we are moving one small...

Fruits of the vine

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Fruits of the vine Copyrighted image Credit: Yurok Aleksandrovich via Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 27 Nov 2013
An investigation into the chemistry of wine making from The New Curiosity Shop.

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Test kits for water analysis

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 07 Feb 2014
This unit steps outside the laboratory to look at some examples of analytical procedures being carried out in the field using commercial test kits....

Drug development process: combating pain

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Drug development process: combating pain
Masters level Duration 2 hours Updated 23 Jan 2014
The unit provides a brief introduction to the process of new drug discovery; from identification of a suitable candidate drug molecule to the...

Introduction to polymers

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Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 20 Jul 2011
This unit examines the use of polymers and demonstrates how the properties of polymers are controlled by their molecular structure. You will learn...

The molecular world

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 03 Jun 2011
From diamonds to dynamite everything involves a chemical reaction. This unit introduces you to the concepts and principles that underpin chemistry...

The three-way catalytic converter

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Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 01 Jun 2011
This extract is concerned primarily with the chemistry that underpins the operation of the three-way catalytic converter that is placed in the...

Birth of a drug

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Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 13 May 2011
The search for new medicinal products is one of the major driving forces behind the development and application of new synthetic methods. This unit...

Iron transport and storage

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Iron transport and storage Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 30 Mar 2011
This unit looks at the methods that have been developed by organisms for the uptake, transport and storage of iron: a process made more complicated...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014
Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? The Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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Duration 3000 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014
If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range of scientific topics, the DipHE in Natural Sciences is for you....

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014
We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand the science behind the important issues that feature in the news...

Molecules in medicine

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Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014 Register by 13 Jan 2015
Examine the molecular basis of drug action in medicine, covering topics like infectious diseases (bacterial and viral), cancer, heart disease,...

MSc project module

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Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014 Register by 15 Oct 2015
Plan and carry out an investigation of your own choice with this masters-level project course in science, and develop essential skills like report...

Science project course: frontiers in chemistry

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Science project course: frontiers in chemistry Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014 Register by 08 Jan 2015
Investigate and produce an in-depth project about molecular science within a range of defined topics: combinatorial chemistry, fuel cells,...

Maths for science

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Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014 Register by 02 Apr 2015
This introductory course will develop your confidence in using mathematics as a tool in science.