Category Archives: C14 Organic Chemistry

C14 Syllabus Statements & Overview

Here are some key terms for this topic: Key Terms C14

IGCSE Chemistry: Topic 14 Organic Chemistry, a series of 11 lessons from Sal Sciab.

IGCSE Chemistry: Organic Chemistry – part 1, a 14m lesson from ChemistryKlipz.

GCSE Bitesize has revision pages (that take you through the topic), a test and an activity – just scroll down to ‘Crude oil & fuels’ and ‘Useful substances from crude oil’. GCSE s-cool – Products from Crude Oil includes polymerisation – revision notes & animations, practise exam questions & a revision summary. Skoool Chemistry – click on ‘2. Oil Products’ for excellent lessons that take you through the topic (including alkanes & alkenes); also a glossary of key terms. Chemactive worksheets & answers just click on Oil questions. For Doc Brown’s Chemistry quizzes, word-fills, crosswords and study notes go here and just scroll down. Great resources from the Australian International School – videos, powerpoints, worksheets, practicals, animations, flashcards etc.


Complete Chemistry for Cambridge IGCSE, chapter 17, pp.244 – 257 & chapter 18, pp.262 – 266, 274 & 276.

C14.1 Fuels

Fractional Distillation – The Virtual School (4m 6s):

Crude Oil Fractions & their Uses – The Virtual School (4m 6s):

Oil Distillation – a great 3 minute video or watch Science Bank 1 (Raw Materials): you only need part 1, Crude Oil & Fractional Distillation (up to 5m 20s).

Here is an animation to show the formation of coal and oil.

Fuels revision flash cards from Quizlet:

C14.5 to C14.7 Polymers

Science Bank 11 (Industrial Chemistry): you just need part 2 – Plastics & Polymerisation (from 4m 45s to 10m 20s).The diverse world of polymers (a TED-Ed original from Jan Mattingly):

A lovely site about polymers – lots of information and animations.

Making nylon in the lab.

Here are two short videos on polymers: polythene from RSC (5m 30s) and polystyrene from Lammas Science (2m 15s). And here are three longer ones: plastics/polymers from Science in Focus (18m 40s); polythene from Chemistry in Action (20m) & BBC Short Circuit polymers (& crude oil) (19m).

Infographic courtesy of the fabulous Compound Interest blog – just click on it to enlarge.