Physical Chemistry at A level - Teaching and Understanding the hard bits (London)

Some of the most difficult concepts and questions occur in physical chemistry.
Students readily gain misconceptions and would benefit for an understanding of what is really going on and how these topics connect to each other.

This course is for anyone teaching the physical topics of A level Chemistry. It has been designed to improve your students’ understanding and grades. You will see activities and resources ready for use the next day in the classroom.


The day will cover

  • How to teach these difficult topics
  • What are the common student ( and teacher) misconceptions
  • Chemistry to deepen your own understanding
  • What is entropy and how does this relate to free energy
  • Linking equilibrium, rates and entropy
  • Electrode potentials
  • Acid base equilibria


Led by Tim Jolliff, teacher and author of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s book ‘Chemistry for the Gifted & Talented’, this practical training course provides a detailed insight into:

  • Equilibrium Entropy and the second Law of Thermodynamics
    • Linking equilibrium and rates
    • The position of equilibrium
    • Teaching entropy
    • Using the second Law
  • Free energy Equilibrium
    • What is free energy
    • Using Free energy
    • What do students find difficult
    • How to tackle equilibrium calculations
  • Redox
    • Understanding how electrode potentials work
    • Addressing the issues students have
    • Linking electrode potentials and free energy
  • Acid Base equilibria
    • pH, Kw and buffer calcs

Course Leader: Tim Jolliff

Tim is a teacher, author and educational consultant and trainer. He gained a 1st class honours from Cambridge University in Natural sciences. He has been an A level chemistry teacher for more than 28 years, he is Head of Thinking and learning at Queens College, Taunton having been Head of Chemistry for many years. For the academic year 2006-2006 he was the Royal Society of Chemistry’s School Teacher Fellow writing Chemistry for the Gifted & Talented. These resources are designed to extend and enrich gifted students in their regular chemistry lessons and were published and distributed to schools in 2007. He has been part of the RSC’s Olympiad selection committee and has continued to produce resources for the Royal society of Chemistry: he conceived and wrote the Gridlock and Problem Solving Tutor resources and more recently he wrote the redox module of the RSC’s online cpd.

Wednesday 26 February 2020
1 day
£259.99 + VAT
Central London