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Abstract Volume 17 (2012) pp 203-205
DOI 10.1007/s00897122447

An Evening with Magic: Eight Colorless Liquids

Angela Aleksovska, Miha Bukleski, Igor Mavromihailov, Nikolina Mitreska, Vladimir M. Petruševski*, Monika Radevska, Marina Stojanovska and Jasmina Tanatarec

Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Ss Cyril and Methodius University, Arhimedova 5, PO Box 162, 1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia,
Received May 16, 2012. Accepted August 10, 2012.

Published: 5 October 2012

Abstract. The number of first-year students of chemistry in Macedonia is declining in the last few years. An informal group (both teaching staff and Ph. D. students) called The Happy Chemists Group initiated the organization of a series of evening events with spectacular experiments, hoping to ‘infect’ high-school students with ‘the chemistry virus’. A demon­stration with eight colorless liquids (based on various precipitates and complexes of lead) was introduced at the latest event that attracted students’ attention.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; general chemistry; magic; precipitates; solubility product; lead; complexes

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