1. CSTA, Chemistry

  2. Last update: 28 July 2015.

  1. NZIC Level 2 and 3 Chemistry Examinations

  2. The New Zealand Institute of Chemistry has available L2 and L3 Chemistry examinations.

  3. Click on the image to enlarge or download the order form - or visit www.chemteach.ac.nz.

  1. Rutherford Documentary

  2. Dr John Campbell, retired physicist from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is a world-renowned expect on the life and research of Sir Ernest Rutherford. Dr Campbell has driven the production of  a series of three one-hour documentaries, tracing Rutherford’s life and in particular the research that led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize in 1908.

  3. The College of Science at the University of Canterbury, as a principal sponsor, has donated this DVD  to  the science department of every New Zealand senior school  to support the teaching of the Physical World and the Nature of Science strands of the New Zealand Year 12 curriculum. Each one-hour programme is split into chapters to enable teachers to show students the sections relevant to their teaching.  Please note, however, that no part of this copyright DVD is to be placed on the web.

  4. Additionally, Science Outreach at the University of Canterbury, has prepared student and teacher resources to support teachers in delivering the topic. The resources are on the Outreach website here:

  5. http://www.outreach.canterbury.ac.nz/rutherford_dvd_resources.shtml These will be added to in time.


  7. The DVDs were posted to 493 schools on 29 February, addressed to the head of physics or science.

  8. We’ll also put the resources on the Greater Christchurch Schools Network site.

  9. It should be a fantastic resource for physics and chemistry teachers, not to mention social studies teachers too.

  10. Joan Gladwyn.

  1. Online Chemistry Course

  2. I would like to draw your attention to the opportunity to enrol in free chemistry/computer-science courses offered through MIT/Harvard/Berkley.

  3. See https://www.edx.org

  4. I have shared this information with my L3 chemistry students and a few of them are seriously looking at enrolling in a couple of the courses.  A few other teachers in the region might have similarly interested students.  The courses start around September/October and require around 10-20 hours per week of time set aside for them, which is a lot, but I think the learning involved would be immense.

  5. Regards,

  6. Scott Franklin,

  7. ‘Unlimited.

  1. Free Spectroscopy Visits for Y13 students , Term 3 and 4

  2. Year 13 chemistry groups studying spectroscopy are invited to register for a 3-hour visit to the UC Department of Chemistry for a guided visit through the areas of infra-red spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction.

  3. The sessions are led by enthusiastic and knowledgeable postgraduate chemistry students and show how the four techniques can be used to unravel the structure of organic compounds.

  4. Visits are available throughout term 3 and 4, free of charge

  1. The 2015 New Zealand Rutherford Lecture by Distinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger
    The first periodic table of the elements, proposed in 1869, was compiled by arranging the elements in ascending order of atomic weight, grouped by chemical properties. At that time it was not known how high in atomic weight the elements could go before becoming unstable and decaying.

    The last decade has seen the production of new elements up to nuclear charge 118. Just how heavy can elements go and what can chemists do with such exotic elements? 

  3. Where does the periodic table end?


  5. C1 Lecture Theatre, University of Canterbury

  6.  6.00pm Wednesday 26 August | Register

  1. Mt, Meitnerium, 109

  2. Where does the periodic table end?