Acids and alkalis

Jane Essex, Despoina O'Flynn

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Acids and alkalis provide context for exploring the ways in which chemists think about, describe and use materials. It is a topic that shows the application of chemistry to everyday situations, such as pharmaceutical remedies, such as indigestion remedies, foodstuffs illustrated by baking powder, and agriculture, where the acidity of the soil determines the crops that can be grown. However, the treatment of these varied contexts grows more sophisticated through the different levels of the curriculum.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching Secondary Chemistry
EditorsVanessa Kind, Helen Harden
Place of Publication[London]
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2021


  • secondary education
  • acids
  • alkalis
  • chemistry


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