In preparation for their A level examination, a group of 60 second year Chemistry students visited the Chemistry Department at Hull University.
Besides viewing demonstrations on a mass spectrometer and a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, the students also got supported time in a laboratory to conduct experiments. In small groups they were challenged to assemble apparatus to dehydrate a sample of 2-methylcyclohexanol.
The understanding of this process will help refine the students organic practical skills, an aspect of Chemistry A level Paper 3. It was also an opportunity to explore the fantastic facilities at our local university.
Many of the students are looking to progress onto a science based degree and this experience enhanced their understanding of undergraduate study.