Chemistry - Its Effect on Everyday Life
|Meeting pattern||2nd Tuesday of the Month at 2.00-4.00 pm|
Our meetings continue to be on the second Tuesday of each month, from 2 to 4 pm.
Due to the restrictions on face-to-face meetings all our meetings for the foreseeable future will be via Zoom. If you want to attend a meeting please email me using the "click to send message" link in the top right hand corner and I will send you a link so that you can join the meeting.
The aim of the group has shifted from its original focus on the elements and the Periodic Table. We now look at the role of Chemistry in Everyday Life. We are much more involved in looking at how Chemistry impacts on our everyday life. The group still works in the same way in that each person takes it in turn to prepare then present a 45 to 60 minute talk on their chosen topic. Some of the areas covered in 2019 were:
The programme for 2020 has been very varied, starting off with a bang and then it progressed in more gentle ways.
- January Steve Talked about "The history of Explosives"
- February Alison Presented "How the Eye sees Colour"
- March Helen Talked on the elegance of "Crystallography"
- April Jim made a presentation on the topic of "Sugars"
- May Dick discussed the "The Empirical Nature of Science"
- June Alison started a discussion on skin with "The Structure of Human Skin"
- July Steve discussed the "Chemistry of Solar Panels"
- August Jim gave us a presentation on "The Philosophy of Science"
- September Alison continued with her theme of skin "Only Skin Deep"
- October Dick tickled our expectations with "Sex, Chemistry and the Desert"
The two topics to complete the year are:
- November Steve will talk about "The Noble Gases, their Chemistry and Applications"
- December An intriguing topic from Helen "Lab on a Chip"
So as you can see it is very much a self-taught group with each person taking it in turn to research and present roughly an hours’ worth of information on their selected subject. This is generally followed by another hour of discussion loosely based around the topic of the presentation, but it can easily slide off into other interesting avenues. We have the ability to show PowerPoint/Photo file presentations via a laptop linked to a TV. Through this system we can also play YouTube and other website video clips. Some presenters use the modern technology others use paper copies and handouts. Both are perfectly fine.