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"The Elements of the Periodic Table" International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements Science Demonstration Lecture Series

The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is one of the most significant achievements in science, capturing the essence not only of chemistry, but also of physics and biology. The year 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of its creation by Russian scientist Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleev. The Year was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as "International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements 2019" (IYPT2019). To support IYPT2019, Hong Kong Science Museum has invited Prof. Jason Chan, Assistant Professor of Science Education from the Department of Chemistry at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, to perform a series of extraordinary science demonstration, namely "The Elements of the Periodic Table". In the demonstration, he will showcase spectacular experiments and unique element samples, by which you will be taken into the world of the elements to explore their individual properties and listen to their fascinating stories.

 

Demonstration 1
Programme Title: Demonstration 1: Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals (Group 1 and 2 Elements)
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Programme Description:

The Group 1 and Group 2 metals are the most reactive metals. These metals can be rather unfriendly if they got wet, which could end up in pretty impressive explosions. The compounds of these elements, however, are very common in everyday life and can be found abundantly around our homes and within our bodies. In this demonstration, the properties of the groups 1 and 2 elements and their compounds will be demonstrated, featuring some of the famously reactive metals, such as Rubidium and Caesium!

 

Programme Title: Demonstration 2: Transition Metals: Part I (Group 3 to 12 Elements)
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Programme Description:

There are so many interesting elements among the transition metals that two lectures will be devoted to their stories. In this first lecture, our attention will focus on the first row of the transition metals (Scandium to Zinc), and some of the most well-known metals are among these ten, such as iron and copper. These metals can display very beautiful and vibrant colours in their compounds and they will surprise us by their chemical reactions! We shall explore some daily life uses of these metals as well.

 

Speaker: Prof. Jason Chan (Assistant Professor of Science Education, Department of Chemistry)
Language: Cantonese
Remarks: This programme was jointly organised by Department of Chemistry, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Hong Kong Science Museum.

 


 

Last Modified: 20-07-2020

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