A-level Chemistry/OCR (Salters)/What's in a Medicine?

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What's in a Medicine? is the sixth unit in the Salters Advanced Chemistry course.

Chemical Storylines sections[edit]

  • WM1 The development of modern ideas about medicines
  • WM2 Medicines from nature
  • WM3 Identifying the active chemical from willow bark
  • WM4 Instrumental analysis
  • WM5 The synthesis of salicylic acid and aspirin
  • WM6 Delivering the product
  • WM7 The miraculous medicine
  • WM8 Development and safety testing of medicines
  • WM9 Summary

Chemical Ideas sections[edit]

  • 2.1 A simple model of the atom (revision)
  • 3.5 Geometric isomerism (revision)
  • 6.4 Infrared spectroscopy
  • 6.5 Mass spectrometry
  • 13.2 Alcohols and ethers (revision)
  • 13.3 Carboxylic acids and their derivatives
  • 13.4 The –OH group in alcohols, phenols and acids
  • 13.5 (part b) Esters

Activities[edit]

  • WM1 The origins and development of the modern pharmaceutical industry
  • WM2 Extraction of salicylic acid
  • WM3 Investigating the chemistry of the –OH group in various environments
  • WM4 Interpretation of the mass spectrum of salicylic acid
  • WM5.1 A preparation of aspirin
  • WM5.2 Using spectroscopy
  • WM6 An aspirin assay
  • WM8 Which product should a pharmaceutical company develop?
  • WM9 Check your notes on What’s in a Medicine?

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