Year 12 step out to nearby University of Sydney Chemistry labs

More than 20 keen IGS senior Chemistry students recently visited the nearby labs at the University of Sydney to learn about spectroscopy techniques.

“Spectroscopy is a collection of chemical techniques for analysing chemicals using various wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation,” said Science teacher Claire.

“Our students took part in lab exercises and practical tasks and were able to get ‘hands-on’ with UV and IR Spectroscopes, and learned about identifying substances using carbon-13 and hydrogen-1 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.”

Some students remarked that it wouldn’t be long until they were able to attend the University as students, so it was good to get an early taste of what might be in store if they choose Chemistry.

The visit was planned to coincide with a research assessment task on the techniques shown. 

“Staff at the University of Sydney praised our students and said they were one of the most knowledgeable groups they had taught,” Claire said.