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Elements of the Periodic Table activity icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Elements of the Periodic Table

Explore the impact of chemical elements on our bodies, our world, and see how they changed the course of history

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Metals in medicine free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology 

Metals in medicine

This free course, Metals in medicine, focuses on the use of metals and their compounds in the production of images of internal structures in our bodies and on the role of metal-containing compounds as drugs in the treatment of disease. In terms of medical imaging, the high atomic numbers of many metals, their magnetism and radioactivity have all been harnessed in a range of techniques to provide contrast between tissues and to highlight diseased or otherwise changed tissues. These techniques have become some of the most important weapons in our fight against disease. When considering drugs used for the treatment of disease, your first thoughts might lean towards treatments involving organic compounds. But metals and their compounds have been used for medical applications since ancient times. The use of metal-containing drugs is a wide-ranging, exciting and ever-expanding research area. In this course you will learn the underlying chemistry behind both uses of metal-containing compounds and see their major impact on human health.

Free course
12 hrs
What is a metal? free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology 

What is a metal?

This free course, What is a metal? explores the main characteristic properties of metals and their varied use in our everyday lives. Each metal has its own personal signature and you will undertake an online experiment to identify individual metals.

Free course
3 hrs
What chemical compounds might be present in drinking water? free course icon Level

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What chemical compounds might be present in drinking water?

Do you want to know what’s in the water that you drink? This free course, What chemical compounds might be present in drinking water?, examines the chemical compounds that occur in drinking water. A high level of certain anions in water can cause environmental pollution and health problems. Cations are also important. For example, calcium salts contribute to the hardness of water and water treatment uses aluminium compounds. Additionally oxidising agents, such as ozone or chlorine, are vital in the disinfection of water. This OpenLearn course focuses on the chemistry of the p-block elements in Groups 13 to 18 of the Periodic Table.

Free course
6 hrs
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Noble gases video icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Noble gases

What happens when you put noble gases, some balloons and a rooftop together? Watch what happens...

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5 mins
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Pain and Aspirin free course icon Level

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Pain and Aspirin

What causes pain and how do we stop it? This free course, Pain and Aspirin, looks at how the human body responds to the release of certain chemicals and as a result feels pain. Pain can be reduced by inhibiting the formation of such chemicals and you will learn how the molecular structure of aspirin has been formulated to help in this process.

Free course
4 hrs
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Why going dairy-free can hit your iodine levels article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Why going dairy-free can hit your iodine levels

Replacing cows milk with non-dairy alternatives can put you at risk of not getting enough iodine. Here's why that matters - and what you can do about it.

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Drug development process: combating pain free course icon Level

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Drug development process: combating pain

Drug development process: combating pain, is a free course offering a brief introduction to the process of new drug discovery; from identification of a suitable candidate drug molecule to the development of a commercial drug product available in the clinic for pain relief or as an anti-inflammatory.

Free course
2 hrs
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Challenge: Make paper and ink video icon

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Challenge: Make paper and ink

Could our stricken scientists make their own paper and ink? It required undestanding of the processes involved.  

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15 mins
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Birth of a drug

The search for new medicinal products is one of the major driving forces behind the development and application of new synthetic methods. This free course, Birth of a drug, focuses on a specific case study that follows the development of a drug for the treatment of high blood pressure. It is a particularly good example of the application of organic chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry, and illustrates the scientific processes that are involved in the development of any new drug.

Free course
4 hrs