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How to Work with Algebra: Part 5

Did you know that algebra dates back to at least 3000 BC! The Rhind Papyrus, dating from around 1650 BC, is an ancient instruction manual in arithmetic and geometry It

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Letters

How to work with Algebra: Part 4

If you thought using letters for algebra is strange then just look at some of the peculiar words in the English language! Did you know that at only 6 letters

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Red letter X

How to work with Algebra: Part 3

Have you ever wondered why we use the letter X in algebra so much? We also use the letter X for phrases like  “X marks the spot”. In fact we

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Cartoon alphabet

EB How to work with Algebra: Part 2

Next time you are trying algebra and wondering why we have to use all those letters, think about Benjamin Franklin! Apparently he disliked some letters so much he wanted to

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The letter B

EB How to work with Algebra: Part 1

Algebra uses letters – and letters can be fascinating!!  If you write down every number as a word, and look at the letters you have used, do you notice anything

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EB How to work with Rates of Reaction: Part 2

As you will learn in school, different chemical reactions have different rates of reaction. But did you know that some animals use chemicals to protect themselves. Some venomous animals have

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How to work with Speed and Velocity

What do you know about speed? Have a look at some of these…. Elephants can run up to 40 km/h (25 mph) A hippopotamus can run faster than a man,

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EB How to work with Magnetism and Electromagnetism

How much do you know about magnetism and electromagnetism? Did you know that some scientists believe humans are magnetoreceptive. In other words, they have the ability to detect the Earth’s

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Uterus and ovaries

EB How to work with the Menstrual Cycle

When learning about hormones and the menstrual cycle in school – you will be taught that oestrogen is the “female” hormone and testosterone is the “male” hormone. However, both males

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Reindeer decoration

EB How to work with DNA

Have you ever wondered about where reindeer came from. Well -DNA is pretty amazing, and can tell us a lot about a species. Reindeer are cousins to cows and sheep,

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Santa's sleigh

EB How to work with Newton’s Laws

According to the science we learn in schools, and the laws of Physics – Santa should not be able to deliver presents to all the children in the world!  Because

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Turkey and fruit

EB How to work with Protein Synthesis

Protein synthesis is very important. The human body contains about 100,000 different types of protein. The body needs protein to grow, heal, and carry about nearly every chemical reaction in

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Scorpion

EB How to work with Reproduction and Cell Division

There are some weird and wonderful ways in which animals will attempt to attract a mate, and in some cases stay alive while doing so!! Female Black Widow spiders are

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cartoon mitochondrion

EB How to work with Cell Biology: Part 2

Eukaryotic cells can look very different from each other, depending on what their function is. However, they all have the same basic components; a nucleus where DNA is stored, and

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Image of bacteria

EB How to work with Cell Biology: Part 1

Scientists believe that the first known cells originated on Earth around 3.8 billion years ago! These were prokaryotes – single celled organisms without a nucleus. There are 200 different types

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Pile of sugar

How to work with Homeostasis: Part 2

You may have enjoyed taking medicine more if you had lived centuries ago. As far back as the 9th century, sugar was given as a medicine, a practice which continued

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Steaming soup

How to work with Homeostasis: Part 1

Ever heard the phrase “blowing hot and cold? Did you know that it may have originated from one of Aesop’s fables. He was a Greek slave and storyteller from between

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Bacteria in microscope

How to Work with Microscopes

Microscopes have been around for hundreds of years, with the earliest known as “flea glasses” because they were used to observe insects. Before they were invented, people believed that illnesses

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Cartoon lemon

How to work with Genetics: Part 2

The study of genetics is fascinating. Did you know that genes can break or disappear!!  Most mammals, due to a particular combination of genes, have the ability to produce their

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Scientist and DNA

EB How to work with Genetics: Part 1

DNA contains the genetic instructions for the development and functioning of a living organism. Here are some amazing facts about DNA and genetics. You are not 100% human!! Around 5-8%

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Metal blocks

EB How to work with Transition Metals and Alloys

There are many transition metals, with many different uses. One of these metals is zinc. Zinc is useful in a number of different ways. Medical studies have found that using

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Fractions addition

How to work with Fractions

If you don’t like learning about fractions,  you would have been happy in Maths lessons centuries ago!  Fractions as we use them today did not exist in Europe until the

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How to work with the Circulatory System: Part 2

Did you know that the blood of different animals can be different colours. The different colours are caused by pigments and proteins found in the blood, which help the animals

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How to work with the Nervous System: Part 2

The brain is part of your body’s central nervous system. It’s the most complicated part of your body. The brain is an incredible organ which has the ability to send

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Gases in the atmosphere

How to work with Covalent Bonding: Part 2

Oxygen is the third most abundant element in the universe. It is made in stars which are 5 or more times heavier than the Sun, when they burn helium and

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Big Bang

How to work with Colvalent Bonding: Part 1

Hydrogen is believed to be one of three elements produced in the Big Bang, alongside helium and lithium. Most of the energy on our planet is due to hydrogen.  This

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Triangles

How to work with Shapes: Part 2

The rhombicosidodecahedron, or small rhombicosidodecahedron, is  known as an Archimedean solid. It is one of thirteen convex solids made of two or more types of regular polygon faces. Polygons are

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How to work with Ionic Bonding: Part 2

Salt is incredibly important, and really useful. A common myth is that Roman soldiers were partly paid in salt, resulting in the word “salary” We need to keep levels of

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Ionic bonding

How to work with Ionic Bonding: Part 1

When you get into the bath, the water level goes up – you would expect it to. But if you pour a handful of salt (for example sodium chloride)  into

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Hot air balloon

How to work with Terminal Velocity

If you jump out of a plane, you will accelerate towards the Earth for a while. The speed at which you fall will eventually even out as a result of

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How to work with Angles: Part 2

Apparently most people’s favourite number is 7! Seven does have many familiar connections. There are seven days in the week and seven wonders of the world, seven colours of the

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How to work with Angles: Part 1

If you enter Pi to two decimal places (3.14) in your calculator and look at it in the mirror, you’ll see it spells ‘pie’. Grab yourself a piece of pie

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Cartoon character launching on a rocket

How to work with Required Practicals: Part 8 & 9

Cheetahs are the fastest animal on land. They can accelerate from standing still to over 60 mph in just 3 seconds, and can reach speeds of up to 75 mph.

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Roman man

How to work with Electrolysis

Electrolysis can be used to extract lead from molten lead bromide, but did you know some of these interesting facts about lead? Ancient Romans used lead for making pipes. The

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Lightning

How to work with Rates of Reaction: Part 1

The oddly “clean” smell that sometimes comes during a storm is that of ozone!!  Lightning strikes split diatomic oxygen molecules in the atmosphere into individual oxygen atoms. These can then combine with

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Pressure

How to work with Speed, Density and Pressure

Tardigrades are eight-legged animals that are nicknamed water bears. They are tiny, up to 1.2mm long, but are capable of withstanding the most extreme environments. These hardy creatures survive even

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How to work with Shapes: Part 1

The Golden Ratio is a special number describing a ratio of approximately 1 to 1.618 that is commonly found in nature.  It appears many times in geometry, art, architecture and other

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Red planet

How to work with Required Practicals: Part 6 & 7

Planet Earth is sometimes referred to as the blue planet because it is mostly covered in oceans and has a thick atmosphere, giving it a blue appearance. Mars, however, is

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Cat playing piano

How to work with Sequences: Part 2

Sequences can be really useful. Special algorithms use the data of past crimes to try and predict when and where crime may occur in the future. In Los Angeles using

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Numbers

How to work with Factors and Multiples

Did you know that eleven plus two is actually an anagram of twelve plus one. This is very apt, as the answer to both is 13!! To make it more

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